My cousin likes to tell the story of the time when she was a girl, about ten years old, and she was on vacation on Sanibel Island with her parents. They went to a gator farm, and there she was given a stick with a marshmallow on the end and told to hold it out…

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I was thinking recently of all the ways that we sometimes keep ourselves from writing. Here are but a few: 1.  We wait for inspiration to strike:  Sometimes, particularly in the early years of a writing career, we get the idea that our writing is the result of being inspired, and if we just don’t…

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One thing I always tell my students is that they have to learn to read the way a writer must if he or she is going to develop a deeper understanding of craft, but what does that really mean? How does a writer read? I’ll speak only for myself. Years ago, I started reading with…

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‘Tis the season when some folks are starting to put their applications together for MFA programs. I hope, then, you’ll forgive me if I rerun this post from last October as a way of helping people think about how to choose the program that’s right for them. Three Tips for Choosing an MFA Program Follow…

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