Poetry is Essential: presenting at the 2016 NH Arts Education Conference

Poetry is Essential: presenting at the 2016 NH Arts Education Conference

Just time for a micro-post before my working week ends…. I found out this week that my proposal to run a workshop at the New Hampshire 2016 Statewide Arts Education Partnership Conference was accepted. As a new member of the NH Artists in Education Roster, I was given the chance to pitch an idea for a session. The(…)

Helping seniors with College Essays

I wish I had more time for blogging, but I don’t. I’ve been busy since May and done many things that I’ve wanted to write about. But the pressure of work, now I’m no longer a full-time student on my MFA at UNH, has been too great for the longish posts I’ve always written. With(…)

Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Did you know that Sherlock Holmes, that is the original Homes of the novels and stories, did not wear a deer-stalker, did not smoke the distinctive curved pipe we associate with him, and did not ever say “Elementary, my dear Watson”? Well, you do now. Those famous attributes of the world’s most famous detective were(…)

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

On Saturday I ran my second writing workshop at the Jewett House in South Berwick, and had a lovely time. Eight enthusiastic writers joined me for a day learning about how to develop and write  people, whether fictional characters or real folk. Their reasons for coming were diverse: learning how to make “weak” or “passive”(…)

Advice To A Young Writer

Advice To A Young Writer

Last month, I heard from a young writer whom I taught a couple of years ago at Winchester University (England). She said she’d realized that the thing she most wanted in life was to be a writer, and she asked if I had any advice for her. Well, I’ve spent two decades or so thinking(…)