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From Cursive to Computer

There has been a lot of handwringing  about the demise of cursive writing this year. An NPR piece about it aired as I drove to teach the first session of a memoir writing workshop back in March. It inspired me … Continue reading

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Send me your travel essays

Let’s celebrate spring with some vicarious wanderlust! For the next couple of months, I will feature travel essays from my life and others’ — that is, if you send me something! My life as a traveler began with a family … Continue reading

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David Brooks on “What Suffering Does”

I’m preparing to teach next week on writing to heal, a subject on which my thoughts have yet to settle into a “set piece.” A couple of months back I posted about Jessica Handler’s book Braving the Fire, an excellent guide to writing … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Weather…

Sitting in Atlanta GA at a temperate 39 degrees this morning, and seeing  that the weather in Madison WI is back to a seasonal 12 degrees or so (above zero this time), it feels odd to post about the cold. … Continue reading

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Weather alert & Monday’s Salon…

12:00 Sunday update: Sad to make this decision, but “First Monday First Person” is cancelled for  Monday January 6th. Join us for next month’s salon, February 3rd. In the meantime… why not use Monday night to write instead? Here’s a … Continue reading

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Quick advice on how to write & what to write about…

A couple of gems for memoir writers turned up in recent articles in the New York Times. When you want a reminder of how much power a short sentence can pack, remember this line from George Orwell’s Animal House–”He carried … Continue reading

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“Gesture Writing” – worthy post on NYTimes “Draft” blog

“The age-old artists’ practice of gesture drawing suggests a new practice…that can train us to “see” the whole before we write.” -Rachel Howard, in an essay in yesterday’s New York Times. Read on…

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South Madison Class cancelled due to snow: stay in and write!

The South Madison memoir writing class for 6pm Monday 3/18/13 is cancelled due to our snow… so stay home in your pajamas, curl up with your favorite libation, and write for at least 15 minutes on the following prompt: “What … Continue reading

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Imbolc to International Women’s Day–The Season of Women

Back when I was a young hippie and dabbled in Wicca, Imbolc (February 2) was one of my favorite holidays. After all, this holiday (which has come down to us as Candlemas and Groundhog’s Day) featured traditions that give young … Continue reading

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Submit your work to a new regional publication!

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the shot of confidence that comes from hearing your work will be published,  you’ll want to know about the new regional publication launching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Continuing Studies Department. I … Continue reading

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