Reviews and Blog Posts: writing

Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

Survival lessons

by Alice Hoffman

Reviewer Rating:
4

This was lovely to listen to. Advice, not just for those facing hardship, but for anyone. It’s a love letter to life and writing. And gleaned throughout is a bit of an autobiography of a wondrous writer who also happens to be a cancer survivor. There has been some talk...

What I talk about when I talk about running a memoir

by Haruki Murakami

Reviewer Rating:
5

I first picked up this book a couple of years ago when I had gotten back into running, but for one reason or another I didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. This time around, I was stuck on an interminable bus ride, and had no choice but to...

The writing life

by Annie Dillard

Reviewer Rating:
5
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For such a short book this one is full of mindblowing prose, inspiring moments and touching truths about the writing life. Read it, then read it again!

Writing Inspiration for Teens from Author Mary Jane Beaufrand

Mary Jane Beaufrand

We're happy to present you with a guest post from Mary Jane Beaufrand, author of Dark River (formerly The River).

Hang around writers long enough and you’ll inevitably get The Story. “I turned in this rough draft to my college professor and it came back dripping red with edits. It looked like it had been slaughtered. He said I would never amount to anything as a writer.”

“I showed my work to my high school teacher and they told me I couldn’t bend the truth like that.”

I don’t have one particular The Story, but a lot of minor ones. I get them confused. “Now, who was it that called me a slack-jawed yokel? Not that guy—he was the one who said I was a talentless hack.”

Hi Ms. Streep. Have I got a script for you!

Meryl Streep

Just like EVERYONE else, I've got a screenplay in me. A friend and I have been dreaming about writing a perfect film script for Meryl Streep. Dreaming, not doing. But maybe 2012 is our year.

Okay, I won't give you our elevator pitch on our film idea -- because we don't have one. I also won't tell you that we have any connections to Meryl Streep -- except that my friend and co-dreamer, Mary, and I both regard her as the epitome of an actor -- and we both think she'd like to have a beer with us.

Teens--Celebrate National Poetry Month!

A Girl Named Mister

April is National Poetry Month! Will you celebrate by reading a poem? How about writing one? Or maybe even creating one with book spines? Celebrate words and creative expression all month!

If you need some help finding your voice and writing your own poetry, come to one of the great workshop events happening at branch locations throughout Denver this month!

One of my favorite ways to read poetry is as complete stories in novels in verse. Some of my favorites include:

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech

Get Creative With Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Whether you want to be creative with your cooking, your writing, or in how you read & discuss books, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

The Between the Covers Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. This month's title is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.

National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)

nanowrimo

Prepare now - November is National Novel Writing Month. If you've always longed to write, now is the time to read up and glue yourself to a chair.

Many of us have a longing to write. Very few of us ever manage to realize the dream of the writer's life. This is the year, things could change for all of us. November is National Novel Writing Month. Register at this site and receive all of the support you'll need to get started.

While we're waiting for NANOWRIMO to begin, here are a few resources you might find helpful. Oh - and if you feel like tackling your writing project now, by all means, scribble away!

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

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