“It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back.” Cristina Domenech teaches writing at an Argentinian prison, and she tells the moving story of helping incarcerated people express themselves, understand themselves — and glory in the...
Here are some lessons from the science of how to teach writing, but teachers aren't using them.
Charles Fischer's insight:
I loved hearing this: "Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period." As a middle school teacher for over 18 years, I have never found grammar instruction particularly useful. Sure, kids would benefit from knowing more, but they rarely retain grammar rules unless they are in the "teachable moment zone."
Editor’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by C. S. Lakin, a multipublished best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year.
Today I begin presenting the winners of the “Writer’s Doubt” contest with 3rd place, “How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt” by Chelsea. This is a great essay, and it’s very inspiring for anyone dealing with doubts about their creativity and writing.
Which is more important, plot or character? It’s one of life’s great dichotomies, like the question of nature vs. nurture or Coke vs. Pepsi. And like most great dichotomies, the answer is: all of the above.