Allowing Your Blogging Voice to Evolve

The art and craft of blogging is on my mind as I prepare to teach my next six-week workshop, "Writing Compelling Blog Posts." I'll be teaching on Capitol Hill in D.C. this time, starting on Monday, September 24th. If you're local, I'd love to have you in the class. If not, then I'd welcome your …

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MFA Nugget: Are You Sharing an Anecdote or Writing an Artful Story?

You crack people up at dinner parties. It seems there's no end to your ability to draw a smile with a quick take on a past event. With so much material, writing it should be a cinch. Right? That is what Sarah Braud once thought. Sarah graduates today from the Vermont College of Fine Arts …

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MFA Nugget: Standing Naked Before Your Peers

How often in life do you lay yourself bare and invite people to inspect your every birthmark, wrinkle, and fold of fat? Beauty pageant contestants spend five minutes on stage in a swimsuit. When I competed in solo and ensemble festivals, I would sing for five minutes in front of three judges, then leave the …

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Visit These Six Blogs. Now.

I have just concluded teaching a six-week class--"Writing Compelling Blog Posts" at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland--and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about blogging and writing myself, as we spent six Tuesday nights workshopping each other's potential blog posts. We were a bit large for a workshop--eighteen strong, when everyone could make it--but we found …

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5 Things to Remember While You Blog

So you've answered the "5 Questions to Ask Before You Blog" that I posed to you in the last post, and your blog is underway. Congratulations! Remember that your blog is a project of creative writing as much as your novel-in-progress or budding memoir. But there are important differences, and they are worth keeping in …

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Blog

Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at some of the curriculum of "Writing Compelling Blog Posts," a six-week workshop I'm leading at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, starting next Tuesday, April 17th. Unlike most classes on blogging, we won't be discussing SEO optimization or social-media promotion. The course is, instead, a true writing …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week 4/6/12

Care to join me in an interactive, creative storytelling workshop? Make your way to D.C. on Wednesday, April 11th for "Telling Your Story Creatively: Principles and Whole-Brain Practices for Writing Compelling Blog Posts." It's the April event for the Capitol Creativity Network, and it should be a lot of fun! Now on to some of …

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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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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 2/2/12

Your weekly treat has arrived early this week, as I'm reserving Friday for another post. Below find a highlight of links I tweeted on creativity and writing this week. Let me also invite any folks in the DC area who blog or are considering doing so to join me in a six-week workshop on blog …

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