Sunday, September 13, 2015

Home by Warsan Shire

Home by Warsan Shire

“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FUNNY WOMEN #131: Writing Prompts for Girls and Women

FUNNY WOMEN #131: Writing Prompts for Girls and Women By

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Test Those Scene Connections – But, Therefore & Then by Heather Jackson

This is a great post from about using three simple words to test your scene:

Test Those Scene Connections – But, Therefore & Then  by Heather Jackson

"As I build my outline, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good scene, and that led to these posts: Test That Scene – Is It Essential or Filler? and Test That Scene – Cut or Revise? But what about stringing those scenes together? Is there a test for that?"

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies A guide for the perplexed by Mark Yakich

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies  A guide for the perplexed by Mark Yakich

At one time or another, when face-to-face with a poem, most everyone has been perplexed. The experience of reading a poem itself is as likely to turn us off, intellectually or emotionally, as it is to move us. Unless patronized by celebrities, set to music, accompanied by visuals, or penned by our own children, poems do a terrible job of marketing themselves. All those ragged lines and affected white spaces make them appear as though they should be treated only as pieces of solemn art. Look but don’t get too close, and definitely don’t touch.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation A rich library of African-American poetry goes digital

Amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, when protests were brutally quashed, Detroit’s Broadside Press was quietly turning out the works of African-American poets who were telling universal and particular truths that re-shaped the way people thought of themselves and each other.
Lots of works, in fact.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

There Are Six Basic Book Plots, According to Computers

In fiction, as in a cemetery, there's a limited number of plots. We just aren't sure how many. Carlos Gozzi, a 18th-century Italian playwright, thought there were 36 dramatic situations, but ever since then, the number has been going down, cratering with Christopher Booker's popular 2004 The Seven Basic Plot Structures.
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A Cinch(ing): A Reading of a Poem I Like : Jason Guriel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

A Cinch(ing): A Reading of a Poem I Like : Jason Guriel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

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