Category Archives: Quotes on Writing

“Poems keep us conscious of the importance of our individual lives.” – Dorianne Laux

If you never read another word about writing, read Dorriane Laux’s interview in Plume.  She doesn’t need to define poetry — she demonstrates it. A sample: “I’m not sure I can define poetry except that it’s something that defies definition.  … Continue reading

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Good Reasons, and Background, for Writing

“I had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued.” – George Orwell … Continue reading

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Date Correction: May 26 for Poetry & Story, Landscape & Myth at Glens Centre

The first workshop in the quarterly series on Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth led  by Monica Corish will take place on May 26 in the Glens Centre. Full schedule, on the turns of the Celtic year: Bealtaine: Sun May 26 2019, … Continue reading

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Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth – New Workshop Series from Monica Corish

  Beginning on Sunday, May 12, Monica Corish will offer a series of quarterly workshops on Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton. For details see her website.

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Thought-Provoking Reflection from Kit de Waal

I left school at 16, in 1976. Since then we’ve had a range of social mobility initiatives, the policies by which bright children are better enabled to “reach the top”. I’ve always had a problem with the idea of cherry-picking … Continue reading

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A Poem Worth Remembering

I don’t usually post items on the same day that I see them, but “We Were All Odysseus in Those Days” by Amorak Huey resonates deeply with me. It is today’s poem (20/03/2019) on Poem-a-Day from poets.org, an excellent newsletter … Continue reading

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From the Master of Creative Nonfiction…

Tom Wolfe said there are exactly four technical devices needed to get to “the emotional core of the story.” They are the specific devices, he said, “that give fiction its absorbing or gripping quality, that make the reader feel present … Continue reading

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