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Writing As Catharsis: Writing As A Coping Mechanism

by Jennie Jarvis One of the sad truths about being human is that we will, without doubt, have to deal with death at some point in our life. Even if we are the most anti-social person in the world and stay isolated from every other person on the planet, we will still have to face […]

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Death Poems: Peverse and Pedestrian Ways of “Making it New”

By the pricking of my thumbs,        something wicked this way comes. Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 by Ron Hayes Recently I was speaking with a colleague new to our school. He had just learned that I was the outgoing Poet Laureate of Erie, Pennsylvania and as we were talking I heard him […]

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Crafting The Character Arc: Publication Announcement (News)

5writers.com is delighted to formally announce the publication of Crafting The Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development. This craft book, written by 5writers.com contributor and co-owner Jennie Jarvis, is intended as a practical guide for writers of any format to use as they craft the journey of their protagonist through a […]

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How A Hotdog Made Me A Better Writer

by Linda Escalera Price My mother refused to teach me to read. I was about 3, and she thought if I learned to read then, I would be bored when I started kindergarten. So I taught myself to read by studying my older siblings’ workbooks about Dick and Jane and Sally. (As the youngest, I […]

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Blame it on Black Beauty

By Darlene Cah Sometime in third grade at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Brooklyn, Miss Demik changed the life of a fat kid from the projects. Yeah, that would be me. The young teacher brought in a copy of Black Beauty, and read one chapter every day to the class. It was like […]

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Mining The Past to Gild The Present: How I Got Here

by Ron Hayes We are all, every one of us, the sum of our parts. Each of us carries around with us the bits and pieces of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen and the people we’ve known. For those of us who write, we have that most magical of gifts in […]

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Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser

Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser Henry James famously said, “A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” I stress this with my students every semester. But what does it mean, some ask? We pay attention, I tell them, and when we do, we get to […]

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What It Really Means to Mature As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been writing since I was really young – and by really young, I mean REALLY young. I can remember writing little stories in elementary school. I’m pretty sure I wrote my first full length play in the sixth grade. But, needless to say, as long as I can remember, the art […]

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$cript$ That ¢reate Bu¢k$

by Linda Escalera Price “I make my living now as a screenwriter! Which I’m surprised and horrified to hear myself saying, butI don’t think I can support myself as a playwright at this point. I don’t think anybody does.” – Tony Kushner in Time Out When you hear things like this, the idea of making […]

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Redefining “Support”: What You Need To Know In Order to Support Yourself As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been teaching writing – either via workshops or in a professional institution like at a University – for over 10 years. While my students and the kinds of writing I teach have changed, one thing has always remained the same: I always get asked the same question. How can I support […]

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