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A Letter for 2013: What Can I Say?

Given this opportunity, I wanted to write something beautiful, something memorable like Andrew’s post, something that would show how moved I am by how much we have grown – from 7 or 8 or so of us in my first … Continue reading

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Learning Plot with the WD, Part 2

We ended up teaching plot to our high school class a week after our middle school teams, so I took the results from Columbus and reworked the lesson plan before Friday. Normally we start our classes with a freewrite, then … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo is approaching!

In exactly twenty-four days November 1st will be upon us, and you (may or may not) know what that means—National Novel Writing Month will be in full swing! I have a five-year NaNoWriMo winning streak that I don’t dare break, … Continue reading

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What does creative expression mean to you?

Two years ago, I walked into a room full of middle school students as a volunteer with The Writer’s Den – a club that only had about 7-8 consistent members. I was nervous at the idea of having to teach … Continue reading

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The Expansion of the Den

I didn’t mean to spend the whole day tabling at the Enormous Activities Fair, but once you’re there it’s hard to leave. There’s always someone new to tell about the club, and once that person signs up and disappears, another … Continue reading

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You guys all know I’m only in this for the money, right?

Volunteering. Psh. Not paid, not worth it. Kidding. I was thinking about the role of money in creating great works. Do you have to be motivated by payment to write an awesome story? Of course not. But is it an … Continue reading

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Letting Go

I cling to stories the way I cling to old clothes. My closet contains far too many old shirts, dresses, and pants from as long ago as my freshman year of high school. Some of these clothes are faded, others … Continue reading

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