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Local Writers
Apr 22, 2017

Write a list of your top five most desirable artifacts from anywhere in the world. Then describe what it is about each of them that so draws you in.

Hint: This isn't about wanting and possessing, it's about understanding your passions and using that understanding to direct yourself toward those things that represent significance.

Local Writers
Mar 25, 2017

What is your first memory?

Local Writers
Feb 4, 2017

Write about "leaving." Approach it any way you want. Write about your divorce, leaving the house this morning, or a friend dying.

Local Writers
Jun 25, 2016

School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of  65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.

Local Writers
May 21, 2016

Make a list of the homes that you have lived in.  As you make this list jot down anything special about the structures.

What kind of home is it (house, apartment, car, duplex)
What are its physical traits (one or two stories, shuttered windows, attached garage)
When you stand on the porch, what do you smell?
Look up. What do you see?
Look left. Look right. What do you see?
Open the door. What's there?

Local Writers
Apr 2, 2016

No fooling, now--it's April. And for readers and writers, April means poetry. As in: National Poetry Month. This is our time above all others to celebrate the music of language, the vividness of imagery, the power of concision, the depth of spare emotion. This is our time to celebrate the poets among us, and to join them for at least a little while.

Local Writers
Jul 11, 2015

In the chapter titled “Obsessions” in Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg says “When it becomes an obsession, you will naturally write about it.” To help her students identify what to write about, those things they “unconsciously (and consciously) spend their waking hours thinking about,” she asks them to make a list of their obsessions.

Local Writers
Jul 4, 2015

Are you thinking about writing your life story? Everyone has a unique life story to tell. If you have decided to tell yours, take a moment to consider the following:

Local Writers
Jun 27, 2015

Dadaist Tristan Tzara tried to break down the conventions and traditions of art by composing poems using words cut out of newspapers and then pulling them out of a hat at random. While that's a little extreme for a lot of us, injecting some randomness into our writing can help spark our imaginations and break us out of creative ruts.

Local Writers
Jun 20, 2015

So many books languish unread, hidden away like the $20 bill my demented Alzheimer-ruined, depression-era Grandmother hid beneath the shelf paper under the good china. Gems undiscovered, simply because they are shelved with the children’s books. And we are too sophisticated to read children’s books, aren’t we.  Aren’t we?