Wisdom from a Poetry Mentor

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Poetic Form, Wisdom, Writing

When I first returned to writing poetry, way back in 2005 and 2006, I took a series of classes through an organization called Writers on the Net. I was incredibly lucky to stumble on an outstanding teacher, Bob Haynes and his courses, Daydreams I and Daydreams II. In both of these, Bob asked his students to step outside the conventional way of thinking about crafting a poem, to wildly experiment, break the rules. We wrote about objects…

 
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Writer in the (Storm-Battered) House

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Wisdom, Writing

A while back now—egad, ten years, February 2014!—I was invited to be the Writer in the House at the Oregon Writers Colony in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Per their website, “Oregon Writers Colony founders built the organization from a small group of writers who wanted a writing retreat at the beach into a nonprofit organization that offers support, networking, and a retreat house for writers

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Coloring the Days

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Musings, Wisdom, Writing

I have begun the annual winter rainy season task of cleaning stuff out. The file drawers are mostly done so now I am on to folders of this-and-that saved over the years for what reason? So I could use what I had stashed in writing of my own? Something I stumbled on that was written nearly twenty years ago: a four-part essay series called “Things to Come” by Michael Ventura…

 
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Work-in-Progress: An “I Believe” Manifesto of Sorts

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Wisdom, Writing

I started to work on what’s below way back in the Stone Age, 2007. Some writing exercise that I just did without my usual scrutiny and questioning. I stumbled on it a year later on a Saturday morning while sipping coffee as we readied to start another outside gardening day. Looking at it again today, dateline December 2023, …

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Roam around the World?

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Travel, Wisdom

Increasingly, I may not be a wanderer. Oh I still (somewhat) tell myself that I like the idea of travel, of venturing out into the wide world to see things, learn things, experience things, adventure. Finding local places to dine or picnic along the road if we are road-tripping. Exploring the offerings of historical societies…

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