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The American Writers Museum: Isn’t It About Time?

Out of approximately 17,500 museums in the United States, not a single one (yet) is devoted to a comprehensive overview of American writers, their work, and their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives. Malcolm O’Hagan, an Irish immigrant with a passion for American literature, intends to change that–and he needs our help.

Continue Reading May 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm 6 comments

Seeking Connection with Writers

Why do we look for connection with writers in the places they lived instead of in the words they left us with? In a thought-provoking new book, Anne Trubek explores this question and comes up with some interesting, and complicated, answers. It’s a question I’ve wondered about too.

Continue Reading April 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm 2 comments

Sam Shepard: Masterful Poet of the Theater

Day 5 of Words Matter Week posed this challenge for bloggers: “Words, like moths, are captured by writers who pin them to the page in various forms. What writer’s work most deftly captivates you? Why?”

Continue Reading March 11, 2011 at 2:35 am Leave a comment

My Favorite Quote About Words

Today is Day 3 of Words Matter Week, and the blog prompt for today is: What is your favorite quote about words? Why?

Continue Reading March 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm 10 comments

Habits and Techniques of Writers: Storytelling

Storytelling is not about conveying information. It’s about the joy of entering a world created by the storyteller, a world that can be entered and enjoyed as many times as the story is told well.

And whose story is worth telling? Everyone’s.

Continue Reading January 19, 2011 at 6:29 am 2 comments

Habits and Techniques of Writers: Engagement

In the introduction to this series, I talked about the art of careful observation. This post is about engagement. When is a writer NOT engaged, in some way, in “writing”?

Continue Reading October 28, 2010 at 2:34 am Leave a comment

Introducing Habits and Techniques of Writers: Observation

If anyone can be a writer, if writing is as natural as talking, then what is there to learn in a writing workshop? This new occasional column will explore some of the habits and techniques of writers.

Continue Reading October 21, 2010 at 9:46 am 3 comments

Hulstrand’s Five Golden Rules of Editing

The five most important rules to follow when editing your work.

Continue Reading September 26, 2010 at 12:14 am 1 comment

Ten Rules of the Road for Writing from the Heart

This is a distillation of the things I think it is most important to remember when writing from the heart. With thanks to Anne Lamott, Brenda Ueland, Julia Cameron, Robert Wolf, Nancy Slonim Aronie, and all the other mentors and guides who have influenced and encouraged me.

Continue Reading September 19, 2010 at 2:47 am 3 comments

Some answers to the question “Why do we write?”

A few quotes about why people write from some of those who know best…

Continue Reading September 5, 2010 at 2:22 am 4 comments

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