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The Freedom to Write

The Freedom to Write

This Week's Writing Prompt Every Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of our country and all of its accompanying freedoms. We have many ways to experience and exercise our freedom. Writing is one. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley, author of Some Luck, shared her reaction to a note in a friend’s office one day: "Over her desk, above her…

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What a guy!

What a guy!

This Week's Writing Prompt This year for Father’s Day, I celebrated the memory of my dad; we buried him last year the day before the holiday. Saying goodbye to him was long and slow as Alzheimer’s disease claimed bits of him for more than fifteen years.  I cherish the many stories I have about my dad. Remembering some brings sad…

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The Magical Places We Go

The Magical Places We Go

This Week's Writing Prompt The world is full of breathtaking places. If only money and time were no object, we could take to the road, canvas the globe, and savor every spellbinding place we encounter. Gearing up for our trip to the untamed beauty of Alaska, I can’t help but imagine what other enchanting sites and experiences the world has…

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May Enrichment Academy Classes

May Enrichment Academy Classes

May Enrichment Academy Classes May classes at The Enrichment Academy at The Villages wrapped up recently, and I had an excellent time teaching Write Your Life Story to a group of enthusiastic writers. Our class learned about many foundational aspects of writing well, such as elements of setting, characterization, using timelines, and story mapping. We rounded out our four weeks…

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Memorable Teachers

Memorable Teachers

This Week’s Writing Prompt

That’s a wrap! School-aged children across the country are celebrating the end of another school year in anticipation of a laid-back summer. The completion of a grade can be a bittersweet time, though, especially if a student bonded with a particular teacher. On the other hand, biding hasta la vista to a less enjoyable teacher is downright liberating.

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