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Writing from Different Points of View

I didn’t find it necessary to tear down what other students had accomplished.  I’m too much of an optimist for that. Usually, I took note of how they’d successfully pulled off a technique so I could try it sometime.   My measure of … Continue reading

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Workshopping In Florence

Jean and Alice alternated their sessions. Each teacher held a workshop on one of our submissions and both talked about craft issues. Jean started each session with a craft discussion and Alice integrated craft issues into our discussions about each … Continue reading

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Florence, Italy

My recurring insomnia came in handy, allowing me to stretch my writing hours.  I needed that extra time because nothing seemed good enough.  When the time came in early May for me to turn in my chapters, I was exhausted … Continue reading

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A Workshop in Italy

For the summer of 2006, Hopkins decided to offer some workshops in Florence, Italy where the school owned a property, Villa Spelman.  The trip was too good to pass up even though I knew it would put undue stress on my … Continue reading

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No Tension?

The student who said there was no tension had been referring to a scene where my character’s grandpa explained why his wife had left him, an important set-up for something that happens later in the book. All of the information … Continue reading

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Getting off Track

At first, I couldn’t quite understand why some stories didn’t “feel” right.  Slowly, I started to understand what was missing and I knew that I wanted my drafts to include all of the things I’d learned so far, not just my first reaction … Continue reading

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Getting Some Good Feedback

My teacher liked the beginning, “All the different Kareems are here.” and suggested I use it as the title instead of “In Absentia.”  She suggested useful line-edits that also helped. For the ending, she thought that I should include another … Continue reading

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