By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com “On writing” books are a dime a dozen, but the good ones are far and few between. To continue my use of worn-out phrases, Skip Press‘ How to Write What You Want and Sell What You Write is the exception to the rule and anything but cliche. Originally published in 1995 and … [Read more…]
I had the distinct honor of working with Geof Hewitt at the recent CCYWC Poetry Slam. He moderated and I keep score. Well, OK, he called me his “Score keeping Angel,” but that’s a bit over the top, don’t you think?
By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com Writers’ conferences are wonderful opportunities to remember that, as writers, though we write alone, we are not alone. Last evening I was treated, without hyperbole, to the most beautiful author talk I have ever had the honor to experience. Terry Tempest Williams is one of the most genuine and present people I … [Read more…]
By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com In one of the chapters of my life, I lived in Paris. My French boyfriend, like most twenty-year-old men, was an aspiring rock musician. I recall one day working with him on song writing; I was encouraging him to write the music to sound like the feeling of the lyrics he’d written. … [Read more…]
Come on out for this Creative Nonfiction Workshop I’ll be offering through the Burlington Writers’ Workshop. Sign Up in advance; space limited.
Today is a big day! My article on soul mates was featured by TheNeeds.com. And my article “Digging yourself out of a writing slump” was featured by Author Katherine Lowry Logan on her website. http://www.katherinelowrylogan.com/ I am so excited to have my writing “discovered” and featured. Thank you, fellow writers!
Unslumping yourself by just daring to write something Some days I feel inspirationless—or worse, I feel discouraged—that my writing isn’t good enough, or I haven’t got anything to say, or that no one wants to read what I write. And, well, that feels awful. But I’ve found that the way through it is writing. It’s … [Read more…]
William Carlos Williams is one of my favorite poets. I appreciate his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in so few words. Here is a poem I wrote for fun, modeled after Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” I wrote this after a month-long research trip in France, where the food was decadent and delicious, and … [Read more…]
Life is short, and so am I. You’ll hear this quip from me often. I believe that life should be lived to the fullest and with passion. For me, that has always meant, as the Greek poet Horace so aptly stated “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at … [Read more…]