Archive for September, 2013

“Tennis Anyone?” or: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Handcuffs”

by Ron Hayes Stockholm Syndrome. Harry Houdini. Robert Frost. Spelunking. A short but strange list, no? It may not be obvious right away, but there is a thread of commonality that runs through it. But what? What could tie spelunking to Robert Frost, Stockholm Syndrome to Houdini and the rest? Oddly, the answer is poetry. […]

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Think Inside the Box

by Darlene Cah I’ve posted, many times, about the connection between improvisational theater and writing. This month, our blog topic is “writing in constraints.” How could that possibly relate to improv theater? True, when you go to a live improv show or watch “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (is that still on TV?), it appears […]

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The Performance or The Page? Poetry’s Great Schism

by Ron Hayes In the month or so since my last post, I had the pleasure of hosting a poetry reading to close out the local poetry contest I’d run over the summer. I invited all those who had entered a poem in the contest to come and read poem they’d entered along with one […]

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Redefining the Hero Archetype: The Genius Writing in HBO’s Game of Thrones by Brad Windhauser

Redefining the Hero Archetype: The Genius Writing in HBO’s Game of Thrones by Brad Windhauser Warning: this post is crammed with plot spoilers for HBO’s Game of Thrones.  If you haven’t seen the show and plan to, you might want to read this at some other point. I don’t have HBO, so it wasn’t hard […]

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Writing Under Constraints: The Writing, Working, Commuting, and Cooking Mom by Melanie Neale

This month, we are delighted to welcome Melanie Neale as a guest blogger to Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47’ sailboat with her parents and her sister.  The family traveled the US East Coast and the Bahamas from the mid 1980’s to the end of the 1990’s, and both daughters were home-schooled […]

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Working Within The Restrictions of Film Writing

By Jennie Jarvis More than any other form of writing, I believe that screenwriters, especially those writing for mainstream and not independent movies, have the most difficult time working within the constraints of their craft. I’m sure that haiku or Twitter fiction writers would disagree with me, but even with their restrictions, I don’t think […]

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Working Within Constraints Fuels Writing Creativity by Brad Windhauser

Working Within Constraints Fuels Writing Creativity By Brad Windhauser Some of the best writing for TV you will ever find comes from Seinfeld.  Out of all the famous episodes, one of the best writing that demonstrates how to make your point without violating imposed constraints is “The Contest” episode. Given its time slot on network […]

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