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Post in your final project a 500-1,500 word story that tells a story truer than if it had really happened. Two winners will be awarded [$137 value each] for posting and giving feedback over the 30 days.
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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts (without fear)
Approaching a blank page is the equivalent of staring off the edge of a cliff. Except, most writers don’t have the safety net of a proverbial parachute. Oh sure, some writers have wealthy benefactors (aka significant others or benevolent grandmas) or 9-to-5 jobs to keep food on the table. But it’s nothing short of awe inspiring to see a dedicated creative pour over side projects after a 50 hour…
David Bowie Wants to Read You a Story
If you are like me and adore David Bowie — which who really who doesn’t — then a story time audio recording of Bowie narrating Peter and the Wolf is like Magic to your ears. The original 1936 story pits a dangerous wolf against a curious boy and a duck. That’s right, written into this delightful children’s book is a careless duck and a boy who learns a lesson. Cue the music.
The brilliance of…
So I ask the hiring editor whether it’s okay for me to pass along the question, or if the job listing is posted publicly so I could, say, tweet a link to it. Shockingly often, I’m met with a “no.” They want specific names, not exposure for their listing. This makes me want to scream. Is your hiring process really that top-secret? Are you too busy to consider applications from people who haven’t already been vetted by someone you know? Or are you just lazy about spreading the word? And if any of these things are true, why are you surprised that you’re not getting a diverse group of applicants?
That explains a lot.
In my professional experience it’s been astounding to see in a city that has gone bankrupt that it would be the last place to do rape kit reform or establish a model, and yet that’s exactly what Detroit has done,” Tofte said. “I’ve worked with other cities that have many more resources that have been pulling teeth to get reform and Detroit is the total opposite.
advocate Sarah Tofte traveled to Detroit dozens of times over two and a half years to help create a task force, working in collaboration with the mayor, police, victim services, and crime lab to learn about victim notification, best practices, trauma.
When You Make Education Into a Luxury Item
"The attacks on education as a public good can be traced back to the 1960s, when Ronald Reagan, then-governor of California, entered a pitched battle with student protesters. Vowing to "clean up that mess in Berkeley," he cut state funding for higher education and made tuition more central, paving the way for the current system of debt financing.
Reagan wanted to discipline students, to keep them in line, and landed an enormous number of young people in arrears has proven to be a remarkably powerful tool for doing so.”
— Astra Taylor laments how a generation is being forced into higher debt, lower return, and an aging workforce that calls making ends meat “selling out.”
Don’t Hate Millennials for Selling Out. Start Forgiving Their Student Loan Debt. (via The Guardian)
"And, ultimately, there’s no spin effective enough to persuade Americans to ignore a cratering economy, or skyrocketing health-care costs, or a failing war. A political movement that fools itself into crafting national policy based on bad evidence is a political movement that will, sooner or later, face a reckoning at the polls."
— Ezra Klein examines how politics makes us all a little dummer. Actually A LOT dummer, especially if you are good at math.
"Another guy wears a glossy black hat, giant diamond earrings in the shape of San Judas and a T-shirt featuring San Judas with glittery golden flames over his head. The worshipers are predominantly these young men—muscled, hardened looks in their eyes, dressed in a sort of grit and glitter combination uniquely their own."
- Alice driver, writer and editor, who went to Mexico City to see the unlikely pilgrims of San Judas. (via Narratively)