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Local Writers
May 14, 2016

Writer or not, everyone remembers their high school English teacher saying, "show me, don't tell me." When I hear this today I still throw my hands up in frustration. What does that mean? How do I learn to show and not tell?

Local Writers
May 7, 2016

Part one of this dual prompt is from the book Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict by Cheryl St. John. It is about getting to know your characters:

Your character must leave quickly. In five minutes, he packs everything that's important into one small bag. Describe each item that goes into the bag, and tell why it's important. Have the character say something about one or two items.

The complimentary second part will help you elaborate on those item descriptions and, through doing so, express even more about the character.

Local Writers
Feb 20, 2016

We are having unseasonably warm, agreeable weather this weekend, and it's hard not to feel a little cheered. The right weather on the right day has that effect. It can lift our spirits and help everything seem right in the world.

Local Writers
Nov 21, 2015

John Smolens, professor of English at Northern Michigan University, uses an exercise with his students he calls Be the Tree. Students pair up, go outside, and artificially limit access to particular objects by blindfolding each other in turns. The sighted student leads the other in touching things like trees, boulders, and park benches. After reversing roles, students return to the classroom and write about the objects they touched.