Behind Fire and Ice: George R. R. Martin

By Julie Barber Did you spend your Sunday night on April 15 reuniting with your favorite characters from Winterfell and King’s Landing? I know I did! If you’re a die-hard Game of Thrones fan like myself, this season probably feels a bit bittersweet considering it’s the final one. From the very first episode to now, […]

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Getting Around Writer’s Block

By Julie Barber What’s worse than writer’s block? How about having writer’s block during National Poetry Month? It feels like we’ve got April breathing down our necks, plus the cursor is blinking impatiently, waiting for us to remember what words are. As writers we can all agree that nothing frustrates or puts us so deep […]

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Happy International Women’s Day!

By Julie Barber Got anything special planned for today? Are you going to put Beyonce’s “Run the World” on repeat all day, go see Captain Marvel, or set up a hot date with Hulu and some well-deserved pizza? All of the above sound good to me! But before I look up the showtimes for Captain […]

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Kwame Dawes is Coming to our University!

By Julie Barber As Black History Month comes to an end, I’m reminiscing about some of my favorite African-American writers and figures, such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I think of these remarkable people, I wonder how enriching it would be to meet a great African-American author or […]

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Remembering Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

By Julie Barber On January 17, 2019, we all said goodbye to one of the most respected and decorated American poets of our time. Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winner, holder of the National Book Award for Poetry, and beloved poetry stereotype butt-kicker. Before I discovered Mary Oliver’s work, I was scared to death […]

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NaNoWriMo: Tips to Keep You Going

By Miranda Clark-Poulson Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! For those of you new to NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel over the month of November. It sounds scary because it is. But scary doesn’t mean impossible! Here’s some advice for all you participants out there. Do the Math If […]

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The Art of Tsundoku

I buy books more than I logically should. Do I have time to read all these books? No. Do I have money to buy all these books? Also no. In fact, I don’t even have space to store all the books I acquire. They’re tucked in every empty drawer and perched on every free shelf. […]

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Doubling Down on Dialogue

By: Miranda Clark-Poulson   Dialogue is essential to most stories. Naturally, this can make it difficult to tackle. Few writers can get away without using dialogue, so it’s better for us to get comfortable and learn to love it. But, before we get in too deep, it’s important to note that dialogue should do two […]

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Creating Believable Characters

By: Miranda Poulson There are many important factors that go into writing a story. Unfortunately for many writers (myself included), we become so focused on the storyline that our characters get kicked to the side. We forget that without quality characters, a story can’t live up to its potential. Here are some ways to make […]

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