Evie Shockley on Audience

Evie Shockley breaks boundaries and taboos and creates new forms in her poetry, partly by considering audience.

Quote of the Week

“We are all allowed to grow and experiment with different things. Remembering that there is not just one audience, but several (ideal, actual, and potential), can be liberating.”—Evie Shockley

The Art of the Metaphor

What are dreams but metaphors? Here’s Jane Hirshfield on the art of making metaphors.

Cultivating the Creative

This is the fourth in a series of occasional posts, an A-to-Z guide designed to help you nurture your passion for writing. “D” stands for dream and discover.

Quote of the Week

“We need to believe in our presence. Wherever there is, we’re supposed to be there.”— Liza Donnelly

Power Postures and Writing the Body

Here are some insights from the AROHO retreat on writing and the body, plus a bonus video by Amy Cuddy on power postures that increase confidence.

Post-AROHO: A Renewed Sense of Writing

Ever since I took Janet Fitch’s master class at the AROHO retreat, my evening walks have been transformed into sense adventures.

Quote of the Week

“My deepest hope is that my writing can be a stone tossed into still waters growing big circles.”—Florencia Ramirez

Dust Off Your Faerie Wings and Play

Tap into your playful, childlike energy to write more freely and have more fun when you write. Ideas here!

The Exquisite Corpse … and Other Writing Exercises for Kids of All Ages

A week’s worth of writing exercises to share with kids, from award-winning writer Sandra Hunter.

Quote of the Week

“The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.”― Lemony Snicket

On Blossoming

Another writing lesson cultivated in my garden, right next to the beans.

Writing Stories in Scenes

Here’s a fabulous writing exercise that can help fiction and nonfiction writers practice the art of writing a story in scenes.

Quote of the Week

“Artists are myth makers, linking and weaving the past and the future with the stories we tell, joining a grand conversation.”—Lauren Raine

Liza Donnelly on the Life of Our Bodies

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about “the social and political implications of the woman’s body” while showing the cartoons she’s created over the years.

Exploring the Feminine

Enjoy this guided meditation and writing exercise, from my presentation at the AROHO retreat.

Writing with Grandmother Spider

Grandmother Spider brought light to the world and taught people how to weave. She is the weaver of new creations and the giver of stories.

Quote of the Week

“How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you … a place of women, where you were received and affirmed?”—Judith Duerk

Writing with Pele

Pele, the goddess of Hawai’i’s volcanoes, holds the fire of life and its cycles of destruction and renewal. She brings transformation and inspires the dance.

Climbing the Mountain

Sometimes I think of the writing process as a mountain climbing journey, maybe because I love a good climb.

Quote of the Week

“God said if I painted it enough, I could have it.”—Georgia O’Keeffe, about the Pedernal

Story Tech Magic with Shilo Shiv Suleman

This illustrator, animator, and storyteller uses technology to create a new kind of story.

Notes on Writing Memoir

Tips and insights from William Zinsser and others on writing memoir.

Quote of the Week

“Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.”—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Writing with Kwan Yin

Reflect on this image of Kwan Yin—meditate on her image if you like—and write your responses to her presence.