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Returning to Pen and Paper: The Art of Revising By Hand

As a young adult, I found that my own writing practice after university had ceased to require a specific medium. I began scribbling randomly on napkins or on the backs of overdue rent bills. I loved looking at all sorts of materials as a possible canvas and feel now that these artifacts can exist as works in and of themselves. With the digitization of, well, everything, these handmade words exude an aura of an original, and as one of our most original cultural critics so famously put it, that Times New Roman could never emulate.

July 1, 2015 | Cara Benson

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Lit Link Loves: Our Internet Faves 6/29/15

Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

In Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center, Boyah J. Farah reflects on his experience of racial profiling in Wayland, MA:

June 29, 2015 | Grub Daily

Advice Beyond the Margins Personal Essay Provoking Thought What We’re Doing When We Should Be Writing

How to Write What You Know—and What You Don't

When I was in the 7th grade I had the chance to meet Madeleine L'Engle at a young writer's conference. I think I only shook her hand and said hi, not knowing what else to say, even though she wrote one of my all-time favorite children's books, A Wrinkle in Time. I didn't have an appreciation for the mastery of her art until I was much older.

A few years ago Carole F. Chase helped L'Engle compile bits about her life into a book called Madeleine L'Engle Herself

June 25, 2015 | Crystal King

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Second Book Syndrome

Over the past few months my writing has garnered some positive attention. The opening chapters of my memoir-in-progress, My Mother’s Money, came in as a finalist in a memoir-writing contest sponsored by and Serendipity Literary Agency. The agent at Serendipity said I could send her my full manuscript. In March, I gave a well-attended reading of several chapters of the memoir

June 23, 2015 | Lynette Benton

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How to Tackle the Big Picture: The Building Blocks of Fiction

Every other Wednesday morning I meet with a friend who is working on a screenplay, assisting him with matters of craft such as dialogue, character development, description, etc. My friend doesn’t have a lot of experience in the writing profession, though he did originally have—and has ultimately produced—a terrific story. The questions he presents to me often challenge me to think deeply about my own approach to the creative process; even though he’s in some ways a beginner writer, his project demands the level of attention and toil of a full-length work, and he has high ...

June 22, 2015 | Dariel Suarez

Craft Talk Fiction Inspiration Novel

Find out how to bring your words to life by using sensory details in our class Writing Sensory Detail: