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Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

March 20, 2014

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New […]

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‘Gravity,’ Sandra Bullock, fear & getting what you want

March 4, 2014

Sandra Bullock knows about fear. She’s had to deal with a cheating husband, divorce, single motherhood, aging,¬†adoption. I’m not sure how losing out on the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress […]

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Asian Americans & therapy: Chat with Dr. Michi Fu

December 10, 2013

As you all know, I’ve been in therapy for years and it’s been great. This post airs some of the general — as well as ethnicity-specific — issues that I’ve […]

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Finding myself: 3 reasons why we can all learn to draw

August 6, 2013

I just took a drawing workshop that changed my life. Oh sure, I’ve sketched before. But sitting very, very quietly with pencil and paper was a new level of intimacy […]

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Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

May 22, 2013

Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an […]

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I just quit my job in a bad economy. Yes, really.

May 6, 2013

After 16 months of full-time journalism, I am now officially unemployed. Never ever before have I quit a job without lining up a new gig. And so begins the next […]

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The best advice I’ve ever given my students

March 25, 2013

I’m about to share with you my secret for teaching students how to write. Once they get this lesson into their heads, tangled sentences straighten out. Wordiness disappears. Blathering becomes […]

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