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Regain the Joy of Writing 

Novelist Fiona Maazel writes, "Whenever I find myself stuck or just without any ideas, it's because I seem to have forgotten how incredibly fun it is to mess around with words."  Read how Maazel revitalizes her writing in this installment of Writers Recommend.


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There's Poetry in Celebrity

Photo: Workshop participant Maya reading Tupac Shakur's The Rose that Grew from Concrete. (Credit: Amanda Deutsch.)

In her writing workshop at the Coney Island YWCA, poet Amanda Deutsch transformed her students' interest in celebrity into poems. Read about how she did it in our Readings & Workshops blog.


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Prompts to Inspire Your Writing


May Swenson. Photo from poets.org, courtesy of The Literary Estate of 
May Swenson.

Four months before her death in 1989, the poet May Swenson wrote, "The best poetry has its roots in the subconscious to a great degree. Youth, naivety, reliance on instinct more than learning and method, a sense of freedom and play, even trust in randomness, is necessary to the making of a poem."


This quote appeared in a recent Poetry Prompt on pw.org. For weekly writing exercises that will fuel your writing practice, be sure to check out The Time is Now.


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Before You Send It to an Agent


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Curious whether you should have your work professionally edited before you submit it to an agent? Read Agent Advice to learn what Matt McGowan of Francis Goldin Literary Agency has to offer on the subject.


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