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that ethereal moment…

Writers and artists know that ethereal moment,  when  just one fleeting something–a chill, an echo, the click of a lamp, a question–ignites the flame of an entire work that blazes suddenly into consciousness. ~ Nadine C. Keels

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Writing consoles

Rhythm, repetition, making patterns–these are not only important devices for shaping the strange and abstract instrument/object we call a poem or story, but they are craved as well because of our primordial need for reassurance, the sense of security we get from moving over the known. A mystery doesn’t lose power in revisiting. Writing is […]

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Writing a Potent Action Scene

Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus  There are a few techniques it seems like I’m always passing on to my clients: amp up your verbs; use language and details to create more tension; and force scenes to rise. By rise I mean writers need to thrust the drama level to a crisis, a confrontation, an […]

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May

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For National Poetry Month

A poem, as a manifestation of language, and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle sent out in the–not always greatly hopeful–belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are underway: they are making toward something. Toward what? Toward something standing open, […]

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Adrienne Rich on Why Poetry Matters

Every year when April rolls around and the landscape is nodding with new, soft blooms National Poetry Month happens. I spend the month reading poems, starting my mornings with a poem I haven’t read before. Reading about poets’s lives I’ve newly discovered while searching out these poems, and jotting down small glories and discoveries in […]

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Ron Carlson: stay in the room

The most important thing a writer can do after completing a sentence is to stay in the room. The great temptation is to leave the room to accelerate the completion of the sentence or to go out to the den where the television lies like a dormant monster and rest up for a few days […]

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April

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Join me in Bellingham, WA at the Chanticleer Authors Conference, April 20-22

I’ll be teaching on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22 at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Bellingham, Washington as part of a stellar lineup of presenters and experts.  The conference begins Friday, April 20. You can find the schedule here and details for registering here. There are a number of options for attending, including the […]

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