Reading your writing in public can be daunting, but the audience is your ally. Keep them engaged with these planning tips from public speaking coach James Nave and workshop leader Allegra Huston, co-authors of How to Read for an Audience: The Stuff Nobody Teaches You.
I recently received the following request from a friend & former classmate: Can you suggest a few key / huge
Today's guest post is from April Line, a freelance writer and writing teacher. Read her previous guest post for this
Here are the most brilliant online articles I read this past year. You may not agree with the arguments you'll
From "How to Know It's Real Love" by Martha Beck, in Oprah magazine. Buddha once said that just as we
From "Social Animal" by David Brooks (The New Yorker, January 17, 2011) I guess I used to think of myself
From "Writing and Winning" by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker (October 18, 2010). Click here to read the full piece.
From "Later" by James Surowiecki, The New Yorker (October 11, 2010). Click here to read the full article online. But
From "Talent Grab" by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker (October 11, 2010) … a parallel revolution was taking place in
From Solitude by Anthony Storr: Many fortunate people do make intimate relationships which continue until death, and which constitute their major
From Solitude by Anthony Storr: The capacity to be alone is a valuable resource when changes of mental attitude are
From C.G. Jung's The Transcendant Function: Collected Works: The new attitude gained in the course of analysis tends sooner or
From an essay by C.G. Jung, where he quotes a patient: Out of evil, much good has come to me.
From Solitude by Anthony Storr: Human beings need a sense of being part of a larger community than that constituted
From The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil: "At this moment he wished to be a man without qualities. But
From "A Cruel Country" [excerpts from Roland Barthes' journals after his mother's death] in The New Yorker (September 13, 2010):
From The Way of Zen by Alan Watts (which I find myself re-reading and re-reading for fuller comprehension): We learn, very
From The Way of Zen by Alan Watts: It was a basic Confucian principle that "it is man who makes truth
From "Letting Go" by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker (August 2, 2010): Almost all these patients had known, for
From an interview with Clay Shirky over at the Barnes and Noble Review: I’ve always adopted the Bill Burroughs mantra,
As I was reading Chapter 4 of Here Comes Everybody, I was struck at how Shirky's description of the power
From Bill Murray interview in Entertainment Weekly (via TerryStarbucker.com): “I just really want to work when I want to work.
Artwork by Tonia Davenport—from her wonderful series "B&W and Red All Over" A while back, I read this relationship break-up anecdote
From a phenomenal personal essay: "Go West" by Peter Hessler in The New Yorker (April 19, 2010). Note: All of
Snippets from "Publish or Perish" by Ken Auletta (New Yorker, April 26, 2010). You MUST go read the full article.
This is taken from a Salon interview with Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under—my most favorite TV series, with
From Kenny Moore's blog post, "Losing Your Job? Psychological, Spiritual & Practical Advice." This is the most meaningful discussion I
Transcribed from Examined Life (Zeitgeist Films), the words of Avital Ronnell. If we're not anxious, if we're okay with things,
From the marvelous Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Committed: There is nothing wrong with a married person launching a friendship
On my Facebook profile, I state my religious beliefs as "The story of your life becomes your life." After my
My job as Writer's Digest publisher often leads people to remark what a great life I have. So young, so
From "Slow Fade" by Arthur Krystal, about F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (The New Yorker, November 26, 2009) Fitzgerald's scripts
From "Beyond the Elevator Speech" by Michael Carroll, Shambhala Sun (March 2010) My survey indicates that most of us think we want
From "We Can Measure the Power of Charisma", Q&A with Alex Pentland, Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb 2010); read full article at
From "Man of Extremes", a profile of James Cameron by Dana Goodyear, in The New Yorker (October 26, 2009) Cameron
From "The Secret Cycle" by Nick Paumgarten, in The New Yorker (October 12, 2009) And yet patterns exist, and we
[Click here for full-size image.] On the last page of my 2009 Museum of Lost Wonder calendar, I found the
From the New Yorker article on Amelia Earhart by Judith Thurman (September 14, 2009) [From Earhart's letter to her husband
Snippets from "The Life and Essays of Michel de Montaigne" by Jane Kramer, in the September 7, 2009, issue of
Snippets from The Art of Possibility by Benjamin & Rosamund Zander.(See a really cool TED talk by Benjamin Zander.) It's
From "Slang-Whanger" by Arthur Krystal in New Yorker (May 18, 2009) We don't for a moment believe that Hazlitt is