About JoEllen Moldoff

JoEllen Moldoff was a teacher and guidance counselor in Scarsdale, NY. A poet and retired, she moved to Orcas Island, WA with her husband, an artist, and is active in the writing community there, teaching poetry in the Lifelong Learning program of the Orcas Library and in the schools as a poet-in-residence. Her email address is: moldoff@rockisland.com

Birthday Memories Offer Kernels For More Writing

This week, in the last of four articles presenting writing generated from Writing It Real exercises, I have included the work of three subscribers who sent me results from the exercise I proposed in Remembering Your Birthdays, August 19, 2004.   After reading Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, I felt certain that … Continue reading

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Villanelles by Writing It Real Subscribers

It seemed to me that if we copied Thomas’ technique of speaking in paired commands, we might write well.  Although I didn’t expect readers to necessarily write tight villanelles as a result of the exercise (I actually suggested repeating the lines throughout an essay), two Writing It Real subscribers sent me the villanelles they’d created … Continue reading

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