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The Sunday Section

In this week’s Sunday section, I share a poem born of the frustrations from thirty years of teaching creative writing while trying to give due to my own efforts as well… “Verbatim” Have you ever wished you had something to … Continue reading

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Writing from the Subconscious

If you know how to tap into it,  your subconscious mind can infuse your story with more depth and meaning than you are consciously aware. As an example, here is a short poem I recently completed, followed by a creative … Continue reading

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Phantasia

Phantasia (Latin definition: imagination ; Greek: apparition) By Melanie Anne Phillips I saw a shadow in my house And then it disappeared. But in that moment, manifest, Was that which I most feared. For reaching deep within the folds That … Continue reading

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Beware the Grammar Pirates…

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Children at the Border – Narrative in the Real World

Here is how you use narrative in the real world: My conversation today with someone defending taking children away from their parents at the border… (I’m a grandparent, and this cannot stand!)

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Children at the Border – There’s a Narrative Here…

I’m sorry. I just heard the audio clip of the children taken from their parents by the border patrol – crying in fear for their father. And I thought about my 18 month old grandson who is about the same … Continue reading

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A Poem Based on Dramatica

Some time ago, I decided to write a poem based on sound Dramatica Theory of Narrative concepts.  Specifically, I wanted to cover all four throughlines (I, You, We, and They) and have each follow a quad (family of four) of … Continue reading

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