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How to win a creative writing competition - top tips

Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates spy series and judge of the National Short Story Week young writer competition, has some tips for budding young writers on avoiding common creative writing pitfalls and how to stand out from the crowd<p>Standing out is hard. Sometimes you just want to blend in and …

Spotlight: A Poetry Comics Discussion

My introduction to the world of poetry comics came from the experience of co-publishing (with Cuneiform Press) Jon-Michael Frank’s book, <i>How’s</i> …

Literature

This Poet Taught Creative Writing To Prisoners And Learned An Incredible Lesson

His revelations are eye-opening.<p>Clint Smith has spent the last year teaching six incarcerated men in Massachusetts.<p>Every Saturday for the past school year, Smith, a Louisiana native and doctoral student at Harvard, taught creative writing to prisoners in Massachusetts at a specialized facility for …

Ray Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity

Between 1973 and 1974, journalist James Day hosted the short-lived but wonderful public television interview series <i>Day at Night</i>. Among his guests was the inimitable Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) — beloved writer, man of routine, tireless champion of space exploration, patron saint of …

Freud on Creative Writing and Daydreaming

<i>“Writing is a little door,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. <i>“Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.”</i> <b>Sigmund Freud</b> (May 6, 1856–September 23, 1939) — a key figure in the making of consumer culture, deft architect of his own myth, modern plaything — set out to peek through …

Ilys is a clever app for distraction-free creative writing

There are plenty of minimalist, ‘distraction-free’ writing apps out there, but Ilys is by far the most distraction-free I’ve ever seen.<p>As the annual National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) approaches, you might be looking for a tool to help you build up a longform piece of work. Ilys …

Creative Writing

Slam poetry: a celebration in diversity

On weekday evenings in starkly lit rooms, people come to turn their hearts out from their sleeves. They come from penthouse apartments and their friends's basements, they come young and old and male and female and in love and in pain, but they come. Sometimes they pay. They take the microphone in …

Poetry Written in Motion

Since 1992, when it first displayed an excerpt from Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” MTA’s Poetry in Motion program has brought more than 200 poems or excerpts before the eyes of millions of subway riders and rail commuters, offering each a moment of timelessness in the busy day.<i><br>—MTA.info</i><p><b>Subway</b> …

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An Uncomfortable Trick for Honest Writing: Staring at Strangers

Author Yiyun Li doesn't just study people on the subway—she studies her characters, unflinchingly imagining their gaze until she understands them fully.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Sherman</b> …

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

Robin Williams' Death Underscores Connection Between Creativity, Depression And Addiction

It’s no secret that creativity and mental illness are intimately connected – the death of Robin Williams yesterday was, perhaps, a sad testament to that fact. Williams was arguably one of the best examples of both extraordinary creativity and the darker sides of that sort of genius: Severe …