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What I’ve Learned About Learning and the Fight to Control It by Nancy Lord

This spring I was honored to be chosen by the Friends of the Homer Public Library as the recipient of the 2024 Lifelong Learner Award. This was truly a great honor in a community full of impressively smart, thoughtful, and passionate learners who generously share their knowledge, wisdom, and crafts with others. What follows is […]

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Alignments by Michael Engelhard

“Look at the boaters down there.” As a nonfiction writer with a passion for history and adventure, I sometimes tap webs that link individuals over centuries, millennia even, and thousands of miles apart, individuals otherwise not connected. For the cover of my new collection of Grand Canyon essays No Walk in the Park, I sought

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Birding and Wording by Sean Ulman

Don’t feel like writing today? Nor doing much of anything. Yet you know writing (something, [anything!]) is precisely the thing to do to get going. Go Birding! Fresh air, exercise – proven mood improvers. But passing time searching a marshland for ordinarily magnificent avian species… Or letting them find you. This writing-enabling potion might be

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Lessons that Cross Genres from a Writer Who Leaped into Suspense Fiction by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Next week, my first suspense novel, The Deepest Lake, will be published. It’s my sixth novel and a big departure from my previous genres of historical fiction and literary fiction. I don’t plan to write only suspense novels from this point, but I’m acutely aware that plunging into this genre has taught me lessons I’ll

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Mao’s Head: The Quest for the Perfect Title by Michael Engelhard

“What’s in a title?” riffs David Petersen in Writing Naturally, his down-to-earth guide for aspiring nature writers. A good title, he answers himself, must grab a browsing reader’s attention, foreshadow what is to follow, and prompt you to flip over a book for its back cover text or, more likely nowadays, click on its link

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Beware Rabbit Holes: Managing Bad Distractions and Good Temptations by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver    Today I want to talk about rabbit holes, both good and bad. Last month, I fell down a bad rabbit hole after reading about a forthcoming book and becoming interested in its author. Long story

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Behind the Scenes at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference by Erin Hollowell

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference was established in 2002. That’s twenty-two years of writers gathering on the shores of Kachemak Bay to learn from each other and form a community that includes members from all across Alaska and the lower-48. Like many long-established events, the conference is trying to evolve to meet the changing needs

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Haunted By Futility or Saving the World: Writing Climate Crisis by Erica Watson

Over the winter, I spent some time driving to an undisclosed location in the desert with two anarchist medics I’d not met before. The person driving asked me and the other passenger, “What are you reading right now?” You can count on anarchists to never open a conversation with a question about your job. And

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