Peggy's Tips for Writers

Is a Writing Retreat for You?

Writing events abound. As with anything, choosing to go to a writing retreat, writing workshop, or writing conference begins with being clear about what you want within the limits of time and money.

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Creative Writing and Fear

Are you afraid to write? Do you have writer's block? Fear leads to writer's block—we face the fear of not knowing if we are good enough, if anyone will like it, if we can finish, if we can start.

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The Land of Little Rain

Creative aridity is part of the process of experiencing creative fertility.

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Writing Critique Workshop

How does one design a writing critique workshop to improve writing skill and learn creative writing?

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Creative Writing Practice

Learn creative writing by learning centered writing practice, a way to free your inspiration and release writers block.

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Writing a Short Story

Like others, I thought the word "creative" referred to some particular genetic characteristic I lacked. But, finally I understood that "creative" simply means to draw on the imagination without preconceived notions of what the outcome will be.

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Writing a Memoir

Memoir is a slice of the author's life, one centered on specific events. Memoir has the same characteristics of a fictional story: memorable characters, conflict or an obstacle to overcome, and movement of the protagonist to overcome the obstacle.

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Writing a Holiday Letter

Let me cut to the chase—what makes a good holiday letter? First and foremost, it reflects the personality of the writer or writers. (And don’t make the mistake of writing as though you are the omniscient author looking down from on high.)

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Email: When to Use It

Professional email. Professional mail should be written like a professional letter, at least on initial contact.

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Movement and Tension in Creative Writing

Creative writing requires creating conflict. The perception of conflict is based on movement and tension; the two are bound together.

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Creative Writing and Healing

Aware of the healing energy in my groups, but unable to formulate what I was seeing, I was thrilled several years ago to hear a short blip on NPR: research proved writing was good for your health.

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Rounding the Bend in the Road

How Do You Know You're a Writer? The Experience of One Writer's Acceptance of Her Gift

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You Just Never Know...

When the phone rang, I had no idea who it would be. Even when the woman said she was calling to get permission to quote me, I did not suspect what she would say next, which was: “I’m calling from the Oprah Show.”

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Bibliography

Peggy Tabor Millin recommends these books for honing your writing and inspiring your spirit.

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