What’s Your Writing Word of the Year? How to Embody Your Writing Truth in 2015

Some years ago I ditched New Year’s resolutions, which felt more like giving up something for Lent—i.e., depriving myself of something I wanted—than evolving myself into the person I wanted to become. In place of making a resolution, I began choosing a “word of the year,” a strategy I learned from then singer-songwriter Christine Kane, […]

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Writing as an Act of Presence: “Sheer Off” into Narrative This Season

Menorahs in windows. Lights on trees. Kinaras on table tops. Pilgrimages. Winter solstice. Family. Friends. Gifts. Giving. Presents.   The list of traditions we enjoy this time of year is long, varied, and lovely. No matter which holiday(s) we celebrate, at the heart of our traditions is an invitation to slow down and notice who […]

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Now-Self, Meet Then-Self: 5 Steps to Cultivating Your Reflective Voice

In writing memoir, the trick, it seems to me, is to establish a double perspective, that will allow the reader to participate vicariously in the experience as it was lived (the confusions and misapprehensions of the child one was, say), while conveying the sophisticated wisdom of one’s current self. Phillip Lopate   Last week I […]

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