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Recover from Black Friday by Making Good Art

The antidote for the creative person to recover from Black Friday is to make good art. For writers, this means carving out a quiet space to gather your thoughts and let them rise on the page through personal essay or memoir, self-development book, or novel. By spending this time writing and creating, you’re best able to recover from stress and feel fit and full to embrace the giving season.

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In Gratitude of Cranberry Jelly

Thanksgiving: when the cranberry jelly becomes a connector between the present and the past. Written by Milda DeVoe, founding director of non-profit organization Pen Parentis: for writers who are parents.

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“MFA Alternative”: the Best Option for Busy Writers

The MFA is largely viewed as the best way to get a serious writing education, but not all writers can put their life on hold for two (or more) years to earn the degree. Luckily, there are fantastic alternative ways to receive dynamic instruction, peer support, and customized mentorship: a build-your-own “MFA Alternative.”

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These 5 Books That Encouraged Me to Write (And Keep Writing)

This blog is the first in a series called The Books That Made Me A Writer. To begin the series, each of the writers in the One Lit Place Advanced Manuscript Workshop are weighing in on the works of fiction and nonfiction that have been so formative and meaningful as to have shaped, informed, and effectively made them into the writers they are today.

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