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Deb Vanasse | Dirty Secrets of Revision and Editing

I’ve warned you before—I’m obsessed with gardening. Especially this year, when after thirty-six years in Alaska, I moved to the Oregon Coast, where people informed me that everything would grow bigger and faster than I ever expected. It does. For the connections with writing, I blame Natalie Goldberg, whose wisdom I shared most recently when talking …

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Those Who Can, Teach

I’ll admit that I never really nailed all of the grammar rules until I became a high school English teacher.  I firmly believe that the best way to learn something deeply is to teach it to someone else. Good teachers spend time considering their subject from all angles, pulling it apart, and putting it back …

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Deb: Jumpstart Your Writing

  Image from moviewriternyu.wordpress.com You love to write. Why, then, can it be so hard to get started—or to finish a project that you began with enthusiasm? An abundance of metaphors prove that this affliction is nearly universal among writers. Your muse needs to visit. Your creative well needs filling. Your batteries need recharging. Whenever …

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Get Back to Your Writing This Fall

Summer in Alaska is a full-steam ahead, get-it-all-done, hangout/work-outside kind of time. If you’re anything like me, you end up sliding in September exhausted and maybe a little disoriented. Did you write anything this summer? Did you manage to make the time to devote to your novel or poetry or creative nonfiction essays? Maybe not. …

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Sandra Kleven: Embracing Icons

Artwork by Sandra Kleven One may feel an inclination to adore famous poets. To be impressed beyond ease of expression. To see the greatest of poets as nearly holy, and the greatest poems as personal touchstones. “You do not have to be good…” Mary Oliver   “This is the way the world ends…” T. S. …

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Bryan Fierro: What Cha Talk’n ‘Bout Willis?: Developing Original Dialogue

Bryan Fierro On Saturday, Feb. 21, Bryan Fierro will be teaching a 49 Writers workshop on developing original dialogue. Here’s what you can expect: This class is designed to explore the story and character possibilities unlocked by timely and original dialogue.  What does that mean? We know that dialogue functions to further story, conflict, and …

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