Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Earlier this summer, I attended a week of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, was teaching a class on writing historical fiction which has always been my emphasis. I was looking for something new. Naropa writing programs tend to encourage experimental writing and I was giving myself permission to step outside my comfort zone. That started with...

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Video Storytelling

Video Storytelling

Video is everywhere. Before 1970s, it was rare. Now it’s ubiquitous and storytellers need to be aware of the power of this particular medium.   Here’s a slideshow/video I did for Women Work Together www.womenworktogether.org for their year end fundraising campaign.   I used some great photos, added a message, and a little music. See what you think . ....

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Making History–Suffragette Movie

Making History–Suffragette Movie

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” True that. However the new Suffragette movie now playing at my local cinema shows the cost of  NOT being-well-behaved.  Getting the vote in England was not easy. The movie shows one women losing her child because she’s “unfit.” It shows women being beaten by police. It shows them going to prison. It doesn’t show them getting raped there....

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Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

I’m on the board of an organization WOMEN WORK TOGETHER that is trying to keep Guatemalan girls in school. The New York Times (2/12/2015) did an extensive article about that same area of Guatemala and the fact that girls as young as eleven drop out of school and are married and pregnant by age twelve or thirteen. Breaking that cycle is not easy. How does WWT approach the problem? With story. We have the girls interview and write their...

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Racing Through Life and Disney–Give that Man a Paddle!

Racing Through Life and Disney–Give that Man a Paddle!

Our son announced that he wanted to be an animator when he was five years old, sitting on the couch, watching Saturday morning cartoons. “Fine,” we said, thinking he’d outgrow it. When he was sixteen, still watching Saturday morning cartoons, and still saying he wanted to be an animator, we started to wonder—where do you send your kid to college if he wants to make cartoons?  The answer is California Institute of the...

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