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Red Velvet Armchair: Using the Furniture Game for Characters and Confidence

Playing can develop our confidence by helping us feel we have control over our world. And just as importantly, it teaches that life  can be fun. But as adults we often don't play enough. "There are more vital things to be done!" we tell ourselves. Yet psychologists like Jean Piaget have argued that play is vital to development. Well, if this is true, then surely it can help us develop our craft as writers too

March 6, 2015 | Sue Williams

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What Breaking Bad Teaches Us About Writing Novels

by Katrin Schumann

It was a snow day yesterday and I binge watched the last half of the final season of Breaking Bad. I know, I know. I'm way late to the game. 

It's been a long time since episodic TV has been so inspiring to me as a storyteller. This show pulled me in and kept me trapped in its vortex for weeks. I was simulatenously glad when I reached the finale (now I get my life back) and devastated (no more Breaking Bad!).

March 5, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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MuseWorthy: Jane Friedman

How can artists survive and thrive? It's a question we think about a lot, too! Jane Friedman discussed this issue (and so much more) in her fabulous Muse 2014 keynote. Every few weeks we'll feature fabulous moments from Muses past to show you just what you have to look forward to. So sit back, watch Jane's keynote with us, and get excited about the conversations you'll have at The Muse and the Marketplace 2015

March 4, 2015 | Grub Daily

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Multimedia Poetry Course at GrubStreet

During the fall term I had the opportunity to teach Multimedia Poetry, the first multi-week course of its kind to be offered at GrubStreet. In this six-week class we explored and experimented with multimedia poetry—poetry combined with video, still images, audio, typography, animation, movement, live performance, and other content forms. Each week we viewed and discussed example works—many from Moving Poems, as well as other sources—paying close attention to author-made multimedia projects (as opposed to collaborations). We then brainstormed and began drafting or adapting our own poems for the week’s project assignment. Students were encouraged to ...

March 3, 2015 | Holly Thompson

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Lit Link Loves: Our Internet Faves 3/2/15

Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh some more. You may ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 


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Walk Boston With David Foster Wallace

March 2, 2015 | Grub Daily

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