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THE WRITING LIFE: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY

Being a writer and editor means spending a lot of time in front of a computer. When there’s an opportunity to take these skills out into the community, far away from the familiarity of one’s own desk, it’s important to take it. I’ve been lucky to have had three such opportunities this fall, all very different. The first opportunity was getting invited to speak and coach in a high school creative writing class in St.…

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Looking for a Few Good Revision Tips?

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our Assistant Editor, Joshua Colwell. You’ve just written a poem. It might be the best poem you’ve ever written. It has imagery, voice, theme, all the right line breaks. You might think you don’t need to revise, but here are some tips on what to do before you send it out.  Let it rest. You may be tempted to send it off to your favorite literary magazine…

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A Second Helping of Pie Before I Get Back to Work

The holidays are the time of year to gather around the table with loved ones, eat belly-bursting meals, and . . . write? As writers, we often like to find routines, whether that be waking up an hour early every day to work on our next best seller or typing a few lines of a sonnet into our notes app at work during lunch. We like to find things that work for us, and we…

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Telling Little Stories

                  Now it’s time for another pass through your poem, the final pass if you’re confident, one of many final passes if you’re an incessant tinkerer. (Not that I would know anything about that ….) If you find yourself skimming through the poem, or feel sick of it, put the poem away and revise another day. The object is to look at it with fresh eyes, as…

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