Monthly Archives: April 2012

Conference Spotlight: WriteCamp Milwaukee

I met Boone Dryden several years ago at a National Novel Writing Workshop. Boone introduced me to WriteCamp Milwaukee, and I have been a fan ever since. This year, WriteCamp will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Mercy Hill … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The expletive poem

At 3, my son would shout Cinnamon Toast! whenever something went wrong. Cinnamon Toast was the perfect expletive—lots of syllables plus a hard consonant in the middle and end. For years, our family has worked on coming up with creative … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Make Your Memoir Memorable

Six Ways to Make Your Memoir Memorable By Rochelle Melander I’m trying to tell you something about my life/Maybe give me insight between black and white —Emily Saliers, Closer to Fine I admit it: I’m a book junkie. I seek … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Label Poems

Yesterday, while sitting in the chair at the hairdressers, I had plenty of time to contemplate the warning labels on her hair dryer and curling irons. Warning: Do not immerse in water. Warning: Do not leave plugged in. Warning: This … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Your Life Will Improve By Writing Memoir

Have you ever dreamed of writing your life story? Maybe you have had a difficult experience you long to share with others. Or perhaps, you’ve done something remarkable that could help readers connect with their inner courage. This month, the … Continue reading

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Interview: Loyal Mehnert, The Everyday Journeyman

Loyal Mehnert, founder of The Everyday Journeyman, is cosponsoring tonight’s Boswell Book Company event at 7:00 PM with Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling new memoir, Wild. If you’re interested in having your own wild adventure to write about, you … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Word Play

Over the years, I have bought various tools for playing with words—such as magnetic poetry kits and Haikubes. One year, I made my own kit by writing words on the back of tickets from a ticket roll. This week, I took out the … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration by Rochelle Melander You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. —Jack London It had been a bad week. Then it got worse. On Thursday afternoon, my husband dropped me off at … Continue reading

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The Discovery of Poetry: A Review

Today’s post comes from my writing friend and colleague, Peg Rousar-Thompson. We met several years ago at a National Novel Writing Month workshop. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her speak at WriteCamp on the Art of Procrastination. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Found Phrases Poem

I’ve always been jealous of my friends who are visual artists. How I wish I could sketch and paint and collage my way through the day. I’m especially intrigued by those who create using found objects. They collect unique items … Continue reading

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