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Etimología 2 – el señor agá

Etimología 2 – el señor agá

10 August 2018

∀ “El Cid” Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar   Nada, solamente un conjunto de nuevas palabras, un acervo de curiosidades, un acuerdo entre poetas, el ágape de anónimos, un afaníptero agobiado, y a esto vamos: ¿quien podrá componer un poema, un poema con estas palabritas?   Acervo – (un conjunto de bienes morales, culturales o materiales […]

Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

3 August 2018

∀ (Imagine: Bueyes del sol)   Quiero compartir esta próxima fase de mi aprendizaje con usted: una serie de ejercicios sobre la etimología castellana. Viene, en gran parte, o mejor dicho por una parte, a través de un libro llamado Breve Diccionario Etimológico de la Lengua Castellana, compuesta por Joan Corominas – un regalo de […]

Describe a Character With Focus on Vowels and Consonants

Describe a Character With Focus on Vowels and Consonants

26 May 2017

(Art by Dana Cooper) Today’s exercise again comes from Charles Johnson‘s book, The Way of the Writer, where he credits much of his early development to his late mentor John Gardner:   Describe a character in a brief passage (one or two pages) using mostly long vowels and soft consonants (o as in “moan,” e […]

Write one sentence describing a single emotion for a whole page

Write one sentence describing a single emotion for a whole page

19 May 2017

Today’s writing exercise comes from Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner, and author of the novel Middle Passage, the short story collection The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the graphic novel Shall I Rise–just to name a few publications from his almost fifty years of writing and scholarship. He was the director of the Writing Department at […]

Avoid Editing while you Write, and Writing while you Edit

Avoid Editing while you Write, and Writing while you Edit

12 May 2017

There are as many methods of producing great literature as there are pens. Nevertheless, one way of sabotaging our output as writers is to criticize before we’ve concluded our daily production of words. When you are writing, write. When you are editing, edit. Both are as essential to great work as the alphabet is to […]

Cultivate a Rich Bank of Physical Description for your Characters

Cultivate a Rich Bank of Physical Description for your Characters

5 May 2017

When pressed to describe a person, most admit to noticing the “eyes,” the “hair,” a “smile.” This works in conversation, but in writing, where readers thirst for deeper introspections, a new charter will need more than: “Big blue eyes,” “long, red hair,” with “a smile that stretched from ear to ear.” Alone these sketches will […]

Write to reflect on action

Write to reflect on action

28 April 2017

Writer of many home-study courses for Time-Life Educational systems, Ron Bradley, was the English learning trainer who helped certify me to teach others. He has this to say about reflection:   “[Use] reflective practice to improve your teaching and professional growth: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always […]

Find two lines from a book on your shelf and write a short story

Find two lines from a book on your shelf and write a short story

21 April 2017

Today’s exercise comes from a Writer’s Digest article by Brian Klems, where he gives 12-days of writing exercises. This is day-6’s exercise: “Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and write a short story (no […]

Write ten Forbidden Joys (from The Artist’s Way)

Write ten Forbidden Joys (from The Artist’s Way)

14 April 2017

Writers, does writing come easy, or is it hard? Either way, I’m sure you’d prefer it to come naturally. … Today’s writing exercise comes from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a book with 12-weeks of exercises to get yourself unblocked, and write (/be creative) naturally. She calls the exercise “Forbidden Joys.”   “One of the […]

Write to gain perspective (from “The Artful Edit”)

Write to gain perspective (from “The Artful Edit”)

7 April 2017

Click here for PDF –_Practice Perspective   This semester I enrolled in Susan Bell’s Fiction Workshop. It runs like most MFA workshops–write material, present it to a classroom of peers, and then a week later listen to their comments/critiques. Bell’s class however, unlike other workshops, has two twists: the first is during the break we […]

Write a Story in Future Tense

Write a Story in Future Tense

31 March 2017

Click here for a PDF — A Short Story in Five Tenses   As an exercise for my wonder English students at New York Language Center, I asked them to write the final page, all sentences in future tense. It takes a lot of concentration to not run through prose. The intention of this exercise […]

Write a Story in Five…sentences, snapshots, parts

Write a Story in Five…sentences, snapshots, parts

24 March 2017

Our Writing & Publishing Lab course, lead by Luis Jaramillo and John Reed at The New School, began with one simple exercise: “Write a story in five snapshots.” To do this, we followed what’s called the “Five-part story structure”: (A) First you write Action. (B) Second you write Background. (D) Third you Develop the story. […]