Can Creative Writing Be Taught? (via Life and Art)

I tend to avoid re-posting articles like this one because this topic has sort of been done to death. Or so I thought. But actually, there’s a really interesting conversation developing on this post, and I recommend you check it out. Catching up on some reading yesterday, I came across an interesting item published inContinue reading “Can Creative Writing Be Taught? (via Life and Art)”

A Writer’s Notebook: “Bridge the Gap”

I’ve done photo stories before (here, here, and here), but this one is a little different: this one involves two photos. I’ll explain more below, but just so you know up front why I’m using two pictures, the idea here is to get from the picture on the left to the picture on the rightContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: “Bridge the Gap””

Ask an author: Lori Ann Bloomfield

My friend Lori Ann Bloomfield, of The Last River Child fame and author of that Elvis story I liked to a while back, is opening up the floodgates to reader questions over at her First Line blog. Got a burning question about writing, reading, or publishing? Go visit her blog and drop her a lineContinue reading “Ask an author: Lori Ann Bloomfield”

大変だから日本のために思いやって下さい。Please care for Japan in this difficult time. (via Jenn in Japan)

More (and better) links and resources for helping Japan, plus a touching video from one of Jenn in Japan‘s own students. (You might cry watching it, but it’s a heartwarming clip, which is a nice change of pace — I needed to reason to smile today.) Please visit this post and click on the linksContinue reading “大変だから日本のために思いやって下さい。Please care for Japan in this difficult time. (via Jenn in Japan)”

Compassion in education

People who know me or pay attention to my Facebook page or my website are probably familiar with one of my favorite quotes: “Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart, so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable, butContinue reading “Compassion in education”

The bravery of teachers

There’s been a lot in the news lately about state employees in Wisconsin protesting the attacks on their rights and their livelihoods.  I posted about it here a week ago.  Many of those protesters are teachers, K-12 as well as higher ed, and (at least as importantly, I think) their students.  These protesters, many ofContinue reading “The bravery of teachers”

A Writer’s Notebook: writers talk writing

Today I’m offering three conversations about writing I’ve had with three different writer friends. The exchanges are a bit long, so I’ve divided this post into pages to help organize things. Check out the “table of contents” to skip to the section you’re interested in (but really, you want to read the whole thing). WhyContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: writers talk writing”

A Writer’s Notebook: a love story

The scenes below are from a story I’ve been working on for a long, long while. It’s on my computer in a folder labeled “TO FINISH THIS FALL.” Sadly, winter is just around the corner and the end of the year just a few weeks away, and I doubt I’ll find a satisfactory ending toContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: a love story”

A Writer’s Notebook: Photo story

My wife turned our laptop around the other day and showed me this photo and said, “You should write about this.”  So, first, the photo, and then the writing.  And then, the exercise. People think I do this for money.  I put out a box and I don’t object when people drop money in it. Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: Photo story”

A Writer’s Notebook: Found dialogue

The following conversation is not one I invented. I made up the characters and the situation, but the dialogue already existed. But I’ll explain below. Jacob smiled and leaned across the table. “It’s terribly funny,” he said. He winked. Sebastian shook his head. “You are pulling my leg.” Jacob only grinned. “You exaggerate!” Sebastian said. “SurelyContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: Found dialogue”