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Tapping Into Non Traditional Sources of Knowledge

Thursday, April 29, 2021

One of my earliest creative writing teachers was Yasiin Bey. Not in any classroom, mind you. I was near obsessed with his rhyme patterns and the imagery in his raps. I would sit in my room and play...
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Flash Fiction Crash Course

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Flash fiction and short stories are two forms of short fiction storytelling. Flash fiction differs from short stories in numerous ways, though what those differences are depends mostly on who you...
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The Purr

Thursday, April 29, 2021

For a long time I’ve described writing as trying to move a wall by pounding it with my head. But now it’s harder. I am productivity’s kryptonite. I feel incorporeal (despite the pain and sickness...

Painting, Letters & Displacement

Friday, March 20, 2020

Write an abecedarian after Evie Shockley’s “tonight i saw” poem. Focus on an image that inspires you. Depict 26 thoughts, feelings, and sensations that follow the sight and/or thought of this image...

Inspiration in the Everyday

Friday, March 13, 2020

People often think of writing as a mystical exercise: A writer sits down in solitude and selects a pen, smooths a sheet of pristine paper, and spills out prose or poetry from a place of secret...

On the Art of Exercising Words into Poems

Friday, March 6, 2020

Like how the moon has many phases and faces, the poet too has fluctuating moments of creativity. So, whenever a low tide comes to shore and poems need to be written, writing prompts become a go-to...