Category: Self-taught MFA

Writer’s Block and Writing to a Prompt – guest blog post by Kathy Lundy Derengowski

Are you feeling stuck? Is your muse off flirting with other authors? Do idle pens and pencils and blank pages fill you with guilt? Do you have a bad case of what we commonly call “Writers Block”? Well, oddly enough, it is a description that does not apply […]

Poetry Aloud Podcast – guest post by Hannah Rousselot

Poetry is, by nature, a personal art. There is no need to share it with anyone if one doesn’t want to. But I’ve always wanted to. Throughout my life I’ve found myself drawn to other poets. I joined reading clubs, school magazines, entered contests and participated in open […]

“How to Choose Publications for Your Poetry” session for IWWG online conference – July 23 @ 1pm ET

I’m pleased to announce, not only have I joined the board for the International Women’s Writing Guild, but I’ll also be presenting a session for their summer conference Writing Your Way Forward on Friday, July 23 at 1pm Eastern Time on how to choose publications for your poetry. […]

Literary magazines ranked by number of Twitter followers – guest post by Brecht De Poortere

This new ranking includes 500 literary magazines and ranks them by their number of Twitter followers – an easily comparable statistic that is available for virtually every magazine and gives a good indication of their digital reach and potential readership. As someone new to writing, I wondered where […]

How to Self-Publish a Chapbook by Trish Hopkinson via Authors Publish

Thank you to Authors Publish for publishing my article on how to self-publish a chapbook on their resourceful site! Learn about chapbooks, how you can print and create your own, links to online publishing platforms, tips on putting them together, and several other resources, including links to related […]

Tools for Re-Membering: Re-Framing Experience in Your Poems – guest post by Sally Rosen Kindred

In the past few years—okay, decades—of writing poems, I’ve found myself returning again and again to certain impressions, aching to get them down, but often disappointed by what I’d made. Some moments, no matter how crucial, how wounded or wild and starlit they are—or maybe because of that—resist […]

You Ought to Be in Pictures – guest post by Pasquale Trozzolo

A picture is worth a thousand words—not exactly music to a writer’s ear, especially a poet. Still, it’s hard to argue the fact that a picture can create an emotional reaction faster, deeper and longer lasting than words alone. When you read the words “E.T. phone home,” what […]

Revision Quick Reference: Never mind what you wrote—what did you mean? – guest post by Elisabeth Blair

In my twenties, my biggest struggle with writing was translating my brain to the page. I knew in great detail what feeling or atmosphere I wanted to paint or evoke, but my poems generally came out either full of impenetrably abstract and densely stacked metaphors, or sentimental platitudes. […]

Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing – guest post by Rachel Mennies

Things we need: 1. Money Someone wrote the above text on a whiteboard in the Fort Des Moines Museum earlier this year. I’ve returned to it often, ever since a friend retweeted a photo of it, as a reminder of the inherent difficulty in critiquing small presses and literary […]

Poetry Revision Bingo – guest post by Suzanne Langlois

I’ve used poetry writing prompts with my high school students for as long as I’ve been teaching poetry, describing them as a way to distract your brain so the poem that needs to get written can get written. I tell them that like cats, poems can be shy, […]

Trish Hopkinson
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