Writing Childhood’s Dark Side

Writing It Real contributor Janice Eidus’ newest novel, The War of the Rosens, is the story of 10-year-old Emma Rosen, a thoughtful girl who is writing poetry amidst the anger, confusion and angst of her leftist and atheist father Leo, her subservient socialist mother Annette and lovelorn older sister May. Amidst May’s hateful ripping up … Continue reading

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More on Awakening the Travel Journal Keeper Within

In 1991, I edited a book called The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals. Novelists Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Robert Hellenga contributed journal entries that they had made while on trips. Sharing those entries with readers of The Writer’s Journal, both writers talked about a way in which their particular entry ended up … Continue reading

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Keeping a Travel Journal You Love

Why keep a travel journal? There are the obvious reasons: to create a memento; to share your adventure with family and friends; to create a work of literature, such as Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast or Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie; to gather details that you’ll later weave into short stories or essays; to give yourself, finally, … Continue reading

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A Found Exercise

You may have read that since 1976, Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has published a yearly list of words/phrases to ban from the Queen’s English. This week, the school released words chosen from over 2000 nominations on the basis of misuse, overuse, or general uselessness in the committee’s eyes. The list’s publication … Continue reading

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