Four-Card Brainstorming Activity

This activity helps writers generate meaningful topics and details about them, to write about. The topic each writer chooses should be one for which the writer can remember many…


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“I Remember” Reading to Inspire Writing

This engaging piece of writing can motivate writers to reminisce and think through possible topics to develop into longer pieces of writing. After reading the following excerpts…


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Visualization Activity Inspired by “How to Eat a Guava”

This is an enjoyable activity that helps writers develop vivid detail and discover meaning in a remembered activity from childhood. It uses a lovely passage from an excellent…


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Kitchen Table Times

Everyday places often provide a backdrop for some of the significant moments of our lives.  This activity guides writers to recall moments that played a part in shaping who they…


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Heart Mapping

A heart map is a heart-shaped figure in which you jot a wide variety of things important to you. Creating a heart map will give you a great many ideas for writing about matters…


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Strategies for Helping Writers When They Get Stuck

People sometimes get stuck in the middle of a piece or not know what to write about in the first place. This is sometimes called “writer’s block,” so what do writers do when they…


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ON WRITING – by Amelia Cotter

There are so many different kinds of talents to have, and we all have at least one. My talent happens to be writing. I have anxiety that needs managing daily. I also have the…


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ON WRITING – by Richard Frisbie

One of the easiest ways to improve travel photos is shooting in better light, and the best light is often in the hour after sunrise and before sunset. That’s because the light…


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WRITING IS SAVING – by Charlotte Herman

When I was in 8th grade, my teacher, Miss Fitzgerald said, “Charlotte, you will become an author one day.” Miss Fitzgerald liked my writing. She liked the poem I wrote about the…


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WRITE ACROSS CHICAGO – by Robert M. Marovich

A young girl from Avondale who entertained millions during the Depression. A South Side waitress who became the first African American woman to start a record label. The choir…


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