Back in my college days in all those creative writing and English major-y type classes (See how English Major-y I am– I make up my own words.) I was somehow lead to believe that there was a right way to write, and a wrong way to write. Now, this was either because that was how … [Read more…]
1) Writing is an art. Although many writers will pay the bills with technical writing or designing social media posts, they are still artists. Art is about experiences, emotions, forms, and substance. Many people can write a grammatically correct sentence. But the writer will know that sometimes you start a sentence with a conjunction such … [Read more…]
Two writers walk into a bar. They each order a chardonnay. Have you heard this one? No? That’s because I made it up. Sometimes when we’re stuck, or feeling a block in our creativity, it’s best to just write though it. This is true even for seasoned writers and artists. So when you’re stuck, write … [Read more…]
How would it be if your next book were faster and easier to get out the door? Want to get gigs every year because someone’s read your bestselling book? How about some time away from the distractions to get some real work done? Your Publishing Roadmap to More Sales, More Speaking Engagements and More Credibility … [Read more…]
Annalisa Parent travels throughout Vermont, the US, and the world offering writing classes, workshops and retreats. She has worked with local businesses to offer day-long workshops for employee enrichment and local writing groups to present writing techniques. Interested in bringing a class to your workplace or group? Drop a line. ____________________________________________________________________________ Click here … [Read more…]
by Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com I have a writer’s notebook. No, I do. It’s just that I haven’t yet gotten in the good habit of having it with me—all. the. time. So, of course, inspiration strikes when I’m at the grocery store, or at work, or in the car; and random notes get jotted down on … [Read more…]
More true Confessions: I’m kind of a history buff. Part of my love of history stems from my native curiosity (A good attribute so far as a writer!) and my ponderings on the origin of just about everything… like why do we celebrate Labor Day? As cool as it’s been my whole life to get … [Read more…]
In one of the most notable scenes of one of my all time favorite chic-flicks, Bridget Jones chides her love interest (So Austen-ly named Mr. Darcy) of making her feel like an idiot. “I already feel like an idiot most of the time anyway,” she says.Yeah, I get it. While I (thankfully) don’t slide down … [Read more…]
A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College’s English Department & Creative Writing program, Parent studied writing under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. (Seriously. Check it out.) Her first poem was published when she was 10 years old, and she was selected to read it aloud … [Read more…]
In this workshop participants will investigate published memoir to see what makes the genre work. Participants will engage in in-class writing exercises and have the opportunity to conference with the instructor and their peers to get Gateless feedback on their own writing. 4 weeks Tuesdays 7-9 PM August 4- September 1 $165 What is Gateless? … [Read more…]
Friday Night Writers’ Group Sometimes your critic gets in the way of creativity. Sometimes this happens so regularly that you procrastinate or lament having writer’s block. The key is to release your most creative self. But how? I love to write and published my first book in December. My specialty is in helping you tap … [Read more…]
Check out the trailer Kate Taylor is a protagonist assistant working at No.2 Inc. When her employer’s equipment goes missing, it’s Kate’s mission to retrieve it. It reappears at a comic convention where the situation becomes far more complex. Kate reaches out to conference attendees to help her gather information about the location and people … [Read more…]
I recently got to hang out with my friend and fellow writer, Rene Kirby. Rene and I wrote a screenplay together a few years ago that is getting some attention right now. We have our fingers crossed and until then, we’re going to keep on smiling and loving life.
The Almost Right Word: A Talk by Stephen Kiernan By Annalisa Parent The basic building block of writing is, of course, the word. As famous British poet and critic Samuel Coleridge once wrote “Prose is words in their best order—poetry is the best words in the best order.” As writers, therefore, regardless of genre, we … [Read more…]
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This article “The Rules of Writing are Nothing like the Rules of Real Life” that I wrote for Medium has gotten a lot of attention recently, and I was honored when a reader highlighted this section as meaningful. Click the photo below to read the article, and please feel free to overshare. Got something to … [Read more…]