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Find your voice by writing personal essays

How to write a personal essay

May 31, 2023

If writing a personal essay feels like too much pressure, you might be carrying memories of childhood school days. Maybe you were told you were a “good writer.” Or, maybe […]

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Coach with Betty Ming Liu: Workshops and free webinars

September 14, 2021

Dear Readers, For 10 years, starting in 2008, I blogged nearly every week. I kept at it because writing to you transformed my life. You showed up and let me […]

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Respecting our relationship with money

How childhood shapes our relationship with money

May 6, 2017

The homework was to bring in a dollar. Now, my creative writing students sat around the big classroom table. Each of them held a George Washington in their hands. “Okay, […]

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Know the history Chinese immigrant women

The historic trauma of Asian American women, since Day 1

March 5, 2017

Did you know that a ban on Chinese immigrant women created America’s first immigration laws? Discovering this forgotten historical moment left me appalled by the suffering of the ancestors. They […]

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Why the next 10 minutes might solve your problems

June 4, 2016

Last semester, I surprised my creative writing class with a simple but profound assignment. Forget about the usual high standards for submissions. Whatever they wanted to do was fine with […]

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What is a nut graf (or, nut graph)?

April 6, 2011

Note: Updated on Nov. 14, 2023  One of the best writing tools ever invented is called a “nut graf.” It can take your word craft to the next level. A […]

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