Category Archives: Instructional Exercises

Writing: From Holons to Whole

From Write! Write! Write! 7 Dynamite Exercises for Those Who Want to Write Prose from Personal Experience by Sheila Bender American philosopher Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything. posits the view of our universe as an “emergent Kosmos,” which counts on creativity, the movement of chaos into form. The term Kosmos, introduced by the…Continue Reading

Awakening the Travel Journal Keeper Within

 In 2008, I published a version of this article based on the writings authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Robert Hellenga contributed to my 1991 book The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals. Both writers talked about a way in which the entry they share in the book ended up in a finished piece of writing.…Continue Reading

Finding Form

Tarn Wilson delivered this paper for a panel on “Hydra-Headed Memoirs & Well-Connected Essays” at the 2015 Nonfiction Now conference. I am delighted to have her permission to post her words for Writing It Real readers. Tarn’s lovely memoir is The Slow Farm. She uses her experience writing it to inform other writers about her…Continue Reading

Clear the Debris of Abstraction and Sentimentality

As the Presidential candidates for nomination continue to gather followers with predictable phrases, and pundits attempt to predict who the will be the frontrunners, I am reminded of the importance of writing toward felt insight. We need to leave abstracting and sentimentality behind if we are to find insight and make deep connections with ourselves and others through our writing.…Continue Reading