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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Episode 32: Line Breaks

Our wonderful co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty are back to discuss coffee breaks, er, line breaks! In this episode of Mochila Chat they talk about “Chairlift” by Arlo Cristofaro-Hark from our Spring 2018 issue of The Mochila Review (which you can purchase here). We also introduce two new segments: “Submission Spotlight” with Justin Janorske, and “Confessions of […]

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Episode 24: Writing Empathy

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about how to show empathy for another person when the writer does not know anything about the other person’s backstory and how a writer can make the readers feel the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Sadness

By Megan Standley     It’s time to go ahead and get that one emotion that no one wants to feel out of the way. That emotion is sadness. Everyone feels this emotion at some point in their lives and it isn’t something they want sticking around for long (unless you love to be sad). Even […]

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Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Happiness

By Megan Standley Emotions are key to any good story and poem and there are many ways to incorporate emotions into any type of writing. This blog will cover the emotion of happiness, how it affects the outcome of your writing, and how it can create a connection between you, your character, and especially the […]

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“Whistle While You Work:” Music and Writing Go Hand in Hand

By, Megan Standley   What else besides food and coffee goes along with writing? Music, of course! While it may surprise you, music and writing correspond with each other. A musician must write musical numbers if there is to be a song and a lyricist must write words to match. Of course, not everyone knows […]

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This is Farewell!

By: Kori Marshall   My time on staff for Canvas and Mochila Review has come to an end. As a copyeditor for our magazine, my job also included eight blog posts. At first, I was weary. Eight feels like a lot, like a part time job I signed up for before I really knew what […]

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Shakespeare: The OG

Everyone knows that William Shakespeare is the king of English. Without him some of our most famous and beloved stories may not exist today. Shakespeare not only has inspired stories but he broke the mold on how to write. Shakespeare wrote more than just his famous plays. He was a wordsmith that coined his own […]

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Don’t Overthink, Just Do It: Part 1

By: Sam Lundy Put Down the Thesaurus Every writer wants to sound clever and smart. Some writers try different methods of writing to achieve this goal. One mistake that writers make is using complex language. There is nothing wrong with using eloquent language if it is concise. Not every work needs to sound like Margaret […]

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