Imagining History, or Creating True Scenes You’ve Never Seen

No matter what type of creative writing you pursue--fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry--a compelling scene can deepen the reader's immersion in your words. In two weeks I'll be giving a lecture at my final Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing residency titled Imagining History: Creating True Scenes You've Never Seen. I've provided a teaser of …

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Where Do You Fall on the Blogging Spectrum?

It's a question to which any blogger should have a short and simple answer: At what point on the blogging spectrum is your blog? The problem is that only people who have taken my blogging class are familiar with this map of web content that I created a couple of years ago. Now I'm sharing …

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Why I Never Call Someone Talented

God-given. Gifted. Blessed. These are adjectives and nouns we use when referring to someone as talented. We are suggesting that talent was a gift the individual received before he or she was even born. So if a creative produces a breathtaking work of art, and she is talented, why would we complement her by suggesting …

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A Two-Year MFA in Writing Reading List in One Post

"So I would imagine you have to do a lot of reading in an MFA program," I am sometimes asked. The answer is yes, and appropriately so: some believe the best way to learn to write is to read a lot, and to read critically. So what have I been reading the last two years …

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3 Steps Off the Path of an Art-Committed Life

It is one of my greatest fears. I have abandoned my creativity before; this blog is my chronicle of returning to an art-committed life and working to stay there. That is also a central theme of the travel memoir I am in the process of polishing to final. But it is so easy to drift away …

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Guest Post: Fine Arts, Creativity & the Aging Brain Positively Linked

Here at The Artist's Road we promote creative thinking and doing at any age. Dr. Francine Toder has written a book based both on scientific research and individual case studies that not only supports the notion that a "vintage" brain can take up a new artistic passion, but that there are many benefits to doing …

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What I Learned from Being Freshly Pressed

When I tweeted one of my loyal readers yesterday--a memoir guru and creativity instructor--that my post on avoiding "truthiness" when writing about yourself had been featured on WordPress' Freshly Pressed, she tweeted back that she already knew. She was subscribed to comments on that post, and her inbox was filling up with a tsunami (her …

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The Importance of Creativity in Education

For the last decade I have repeatedly emphasized a correlation between the encouragement of creativity in childhood and professional, personal and economic success later in life. I have done so here on this blog, and previously as a think tank senior fellow and artist's rights advocate. I have not been alone in this belief. I …

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