Caroline Goodwin

A Small Promise

Welcome to the busiest time of the year. The stretch between Thanksgiving and the end of the year is always filled with more responsibility (either festive or otherwise) and more distraction. It would be easy to dismiss the entire month of December as a “do not write zone.” Sure, if you just finished NaNoWriMo and […]

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Filling Your Bucket

Last March I finished up the revisions of my second poetry manuscript, and for some time afterwards I felt like an empty bucket. All those poems had been filling the bucket, sloshing around, creating new poems by some sort of mysterious intricate crystallization process.  But now, the poems had been poured out onto the page

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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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Caroline Goodwin: Wintergreen

In Charles Baxter’s book The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, he claims that “Between staging and subtexts a bewildering relationship seems to exist. Writers must often use a staggering amount of surface bric-a-brac to suggest an indistinct presence underneath that surface. The stronger the presence of the unspoken and the unseen, the more gratuitous details

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