Guest Post: How to Open a Memoir

Today I’m honored to provide a guest post by multi-published author and writing instructor Sara Mansfield Taber, whose latest memoir, Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter, has just been published by Potomac Books. I first met Sara when taking a workshop taught by her at The Writer's Center, …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 02/24/12

Let me begin by thanking Cheryl Reif for naming The Artist's Road her Blog of the Week! Cheryl's been featured here in Creativity Tweets of the week on more than one occasion--including today--so the admiration is mutual. Now on to a select list of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week. CREATIVITY "Ten …

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The Artist’s Road Leads to Chicago

The title of this blog--The Artist's Road--carries a double meaning. I launched this blog in response to a cross-country U.S. road trip I took in 2010 in which I produced short films from interviews with artists, so the title is an homage to that magical experience. But that trip triggered in me a desire to …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 02/17/12

I've got blogging on the brain, most likely because I'm conducting two different blogging workshops in the next few weeks leading up to the class I'm conducting in April and May. So this week's list of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week includes a blogging category, because I was tweeting those as …

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My Back-Row View of the White House Arts and Humanities Awards

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.: Politics divide. Arts unite. Overly simple, perhaps borderline trite. But consider this. Yesterday in Washington began with the White House releasing its annual budget, the first volley in what promises to be a year-long partisan exchange of vitriol and venom. Four hours later I found myself in a moment liberated …

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Is Solo Creativity Really Dead?

Consider yourself lucky you're not my wife. Every morning she is forced to endure a rant from me about something I've read in that day's Washington Post. Sundays provide multiple opportunities for fist-shaking, but one editorial this past Sunday hit a nerve: the topic was creativity. The headline said it all: "The end of lone-wolf …

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How Do We Cure The Post-Partum Creativity Blues?

I'm feeling quite empty right now and can't seem to focus on any one piece of writing. That's what a writer friend of mine wrote to all of us in her local writer's group in explaining why she needed to skip our monthly meeting this evening. She would face no expectation to write at our …

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