free writing workbook
Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

Storytelling & microaggressions in #TrumpAmerica

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When I showed up for my Wednesday evening communications class, the mood was miserable. Donald Trump’s victory at the polls was just hours old. Everyone was angry and scared. Most of these students are people of color, with many from immigrant families. What kind of America is this, where it’s suddenly okay to be racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-everything? …

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Read your work out loud to find your voice

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To rock your writing, read your words out loud — to yourself. Your most important audience will always be that Audience Of One. Over the years, I’ve used out-loud reading to transform myself and hundreds of students. But for even more proof of its value, I have tips from three bestselling authors. If we do as they say, we’ll get …

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Publishing: Great advice & ideas from Asian American Writers Workshop

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Picture a century-old, Renaissance-revival style meeting hall in downtown Brooklyn, with stately Corinthian columns and vaulted, 40-foot ceilings. Fill it with a youngish, multiracial, multi-gendered crowd. They are novelists, poets and non-fiction writers, plus a sprinkling of editors. Imagine them getting raw and personal in sharing their publishing survival tips. Welcome to “PubCon 2016.” On June 25th, Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW) hosted …

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Writing: Make your desk a sacred space

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Greetings from Michigan! I’ve been here for a week, helping my boyfriend relocate to a new job in Ann Arbor. Hey, did I just hear alarms go off in your head? Well, they’re clanging inside of my brain, too. The dreaded commuter romance is the last thing I ever wanted. But we hope to this change — especially with long-distance relationships becoming more …

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Why the next 10 minutes might solve your problems

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Last semester, I surprised my creative writing class with a simple but profound assignment. Forget about the usual high standards for submissions. No need to labor over their words. Instead, just write for 10 minutes a day. I didn’t care about their topics, punctuation or logical sequencing of ideas. In fact, I didn’t want to see their homework at all. But …

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Inspiration from Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

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Lately, life has been about Too Many Things To Do & Feel. But today brings calm. I’ve come full circle and back to a bit of inspiration that saves me. It’s a helpful gift that I’ve shared with many friends, students and readers. So here it is again, for you…. The passage comes from a classic memoir, the bestselling Anne Lamott’s …

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