What is Poetry?

This week, The New York Times Book Review ran an article titled “Gloria Steinem: By the Book,” in which they quote from her memoir My Life on the Road . Most of her reading, these days, she reports, is of poetry. “If you poured water on a great poem,” Steinem writes, “you would get a novel.”…Continue Reading

What is Writing the Personal Essay For?

“The hallmark of the personal essay is its intimacy. The writer seems to be speaking directly into your ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom, Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and…Continue Reading

What is a Writing Coach?

As a middle school teacher at the start of my career, I held the belief that the best teaching is person-centered teaching. I used the oyster model, which is described as helping students find the pearls they have within and then grow them bigger. This replaces the bucket model of dumping information into the students’…Continue Reading

Submitting Your Work for Publication? — Part 2

Let’s say you’re working on a book or would like to. Whether you’ve completed it, outlined it extensively and have at least a couple of chapters written, or you are at the imagining stage, you want to see the book publically available for others someday to purchase and read. What to do to get it…Continue Reading