But what can writing do?

In the wake of Charlottesville, in the wake of more homegrown terrorism, in the wake of more threats making their way across the screens of the world... I say again: for my part of the world, in the space I hold at Voice & Vessel, there is no room for fear-making, violence, and racism. On a personal level and on a creative level, I am asking again: what can writing do now? What's the social compact between a writer and their world? I've arrived at five promises so far that I'm sharing as emerging thoughts... What promises does your writing practice help you make with the world outside the page?

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Unlock Your Writing with Metaphor

It’s one thing to get something written, but what if you want to make your writing sing? One of the most meaningful practices is tuning in to images and metaphors as they surface on the page. This post shares more on what metaphor is, two ways it makes for stronger writing, and a 20-minute practice you can try with your own writing.

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How to Read a Poem: A National Poetry Month Practice

Whether or not we're working on poetry, poetry is working on us. Poetry is in our bones. So how do we get closer to it? For National Poetry Month, I’m sharing three practices for a more intuitive, follow-your-curiosity relationship with poetry. Ways of reading that help us bring a poem closer and find a bit of ourselves in it.

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