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At the Beginning – Again

Walking through fog. With the headlamp on. Low. Paraphrasing a quote from E.L. Doctorow. This is what it’s like to write a novel. I keep telling myself that as I … Continue reading

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June 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

NaNoWriMo Thoughts

by Heidi Sussman, TWC Adult Student After hearing about it for a while, I decided that 2014 was the year to take the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) … Continue reading

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December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Finding “This Little Light” of Mine

We’re delighted to welcome children’s book author Tynia Thomassie to our teaching staff at TWC. Tynia is the author of four picture books: Feliciana Feydra LeRoux: A Cajun Tall Tale, … Continue reading

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April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

On Guns, Boys, and the Bomb that Needs to Go Off

The Writers Circle’s attitude towards our For Boys Only class is clear – we allow (and sometimes even encourage) the grossness, violence, and general zaniness that lives just under the … Continue reading

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January 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Productive Writing Weekend Filled to the Brim with Non-Writing

TWC instructor and Young Adult novelist, Jennifer Walkup, shares some honest and instructive thoughts on the struggle of a first draft and the value of non-writing: After a good writing … Continue reading

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July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Writers on the Spot – Reading aloud

A conversation with Judith Lindbergh and Michelle Cameron In anticipation of our upcoming workshop, “Reading Your Writing for an Audience”, Michelle and I thought we should discuss why we thought … Continue reading

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March 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Writing in 3D

We’ve all heard it before. “Your character’s flat. You need to make him three-dimensional.” Sure, great. But what exactly does that mean? We all know we live in a three … Continue reading

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October 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

He Said, She Said

Great dialogue tips from Writers Circle Associate Director, Michelle Cameron: Writing dialogue is a critical aspect of fiction and memoir, and many writers struggle with it. So in a recent … Continue reading

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August 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Thoughts on a Creative Education

What does it mean to be creative? Some people might imagine a “bohemian”, someone with no boundaries, who floats on a whim to seek the muse. Someone who dons wild … Continue reading

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August 4, 2011 · 6 Comments

Writing the Body Electric

So often I begin a writing class with a simple, free-writing prompt, usually just a word or phrase – “skipping in the rain”, “amusement parks”, “the kitchen sink.” I enjoy … Continue reading

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May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment
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