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Stephen King On Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Lovecraft & More (55:51)

Stephen King speaks on a number of topics and takes questions from students, faculty and others in a "Master's Class" before a bigger event at UMass Lowell. ...
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Free Writing Classes for the Homeless Help Heal | New York Observer

Free Writing Classes for the Homeless Help Heal | New York Observer | Written Words | Scoop.it
Picture the Homeless offers weekly writing classes for homeless and formerly homeless participants.
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I have always thought of writing as a form of therapy; what better people to help themselves.

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Reggie Watts - TEACH: LITERATURE

Welcome to TEACH: LITERATURE with Reggie Watts. In today's episode, Mr. Watts and his class analyze "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Of Mice and Men". SUBSCRIBE ...
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This column will change your life: how to think about writing

This column will change your life: how to think about writing | Written Words | Scoop.it

The key thing to realise, Pinker argues, is that writing is "cognitively unnatural." For almost all human existence, nobody wrote anything; even after that, for millennia, only a tiny elite did so. And it remains an odd way to communicate. You can't see your readers' facial expressions. They can't ask for clarification. Often, you don't know who they are, or how much they know. How to make up for all this?


Pinker's answer builds on the work of two language scholars, Mark Turner and Francis-Noël Thomas, who label their approach "joint attention". Writing is a modern twist on an ancient, species-wide behaviour: drawing someone else's attention to something visible. 


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 7, 2014 1:50 AM

'The idea is to help readers discern something you know they'd be able to see, if only they were looking in the right place,' says Oliver Burkeman...