My Favorite Essay to Teach: On Keeping A Notebook — by Jessica Handler

November 4, 2015

My essay choices change with the class; summer workshop students always read Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter,” the perfect essay to dissect when learning how to write effectively about great loss without self-indulgence. Undergrads always read John Jeremiah Sullivan and Ta-Nehisi Coates, who my grad students read, too. But we start with […]

https://assayjournal.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/my-favorite-essay-to-teach-on-keeping-a-notebook-by-jessica-handler/

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Routine Interrupted

November 4, 2015

I have our morning routine planned down to the minute.  I head up the stairs at 6:20 a.m. to wake Maddie and Katie and get them dressed. Unless Katie refuses to get out of bed, turning her body into a limp noodle when I try to pick her up.  Attempting to hide her smirk, she keeps her […]

https://murphyslawblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/2580/

A.L. Kennedy on Writing

November 4, 2015

An accomplished novelist and short story writer, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick, A. L. Kennedy understands the perils of relying on real life to draw your fictional characters. In this extract from On Writing, Kennedy describes the responsibility of invading a reader’s space, and how not to fill your fiction with the ghosts of your past.

http://penguinblog.co.uk/2015/09/24/a-l-kennedy-on-writing/

Fifty Shades of Autumn in Helsinki

November 4, 2015

Autumn – the most beautiful time of the year in terms of colours – is here in Helsinki and nature has now completely changed its colours from green to all shades of yellow, orange, red and auburn. This playful game of changing of the colours is what we call ruska in Finnish. The peak season normally […]

https://tickettoadventures.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/fifty-shades-of-autumn-in-helsinki/

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Zany kids

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Kidzania day 10/30/15

   
    
 

I like a big brush

November 1, 2015

I am exhausted this first week of school, and knew it would be difficult. How difficult… very. In fact, I have not had the energy or inspiration to settle in to a drawing, much less paint it. Tonight I didn’t compromise, but I relied on an old standby; me. What better way to express this […]

http://barrycomersblog.com/2015/08/21/i-like-a-big-brush/