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Health and Happiness for Writers

At the Stonecoast MFA Program residency this summer, I led a seminar that I called Health and Happiness for Writers. The seminar was in the form of a panel, with five of us on it — five writers who were … Continue reading

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Research for Writers

I’m back from Budapest! This month will be very busy: first I’ll be attending Readercon, where I’m an author guest. I’ll have a reading, a kaffeeklatsch, and a whole bunch of panels. Then I’ll be teaching at the Stonecoast MFA … Continue reading

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The Caretakers

The year I was finishing my PhD, I would go to a therapist once a week. I was trying to manage depression, which honestly I think is pretty normal when you’re finishing a PhD. That sort of intensive work, for … Continue reading

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The Mythic Arts

When you write a lot for a long time, eventually you learn a very important thing: why you’re writing. I was thinking about just this issue recently: why do I write? Of course I write because I love writing, the … Continue reading

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Studying Adaptations

Writing is a craft and an art, as I’ve said many times and in many places. To learn the craft, you need to study writing. To learn the art, you need to study life. Study it, experience it, live it … Continue reading

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Writing with Density

Recently, I picked up a writing book in a used bookstore. I like to read books about writing, particularly those that focus on writing as a craft, because I find that I always learn something from them. Sometimes I learn … Continue reading

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Being a Changeling

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a changeling. You know what that is, I’m sure. Although come to think of it, when I ask my students what a changeling is, most of them don’t know. They ask, is … Continue reading

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