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Writing at Its Best

This post continues our series of reflections on the nature of “good writing.” For Anne Merrill ’18, Princeton Writes’  Undergraduate Fellow,  writing at its best transforms the way we experience the world and all the creatures in it. It happens all the time — I’ll be walk
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Writing Resolutions

So, the holiday decorations have been put away, diets have been started, and work has regained its rhythm, but what about your resolution to write every day? (And no, email doesn’t count.) How’s that going? If it’s not going exactly as planned, don’t despair. Keep trying a
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Writing at Its Best

This post continues our series of reflections on the nature of “good writing.” For Laura Valenza, Campus Collections Assistant at the Princeton University Art Museum, writing at its best requires the engagement of all the senses and a willingness to embrace the unexpected. A writer mu
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Kurt Vonnegut on Creative Writing

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., one of American literature’s foremost satirists, published 14 novels between 1952 and 1997, including his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five. In his introduction to Bagombo Snuff Box, a collection of his early short fiction, he offered aspiring writers wha
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Writing at Its Best

This is the second installment in our series of reflections on the nature of “good writing.” For Thomas Garcia ’16, Princeton Writes‘ Social Media Coordinator, writing at its best inspires, vexes, connects, and destabilizes – the four horsemen of the written wo
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Writing at Its Best

This is the first in a series of reflections on the nature of “good writing,” a phrase more often invoked than defined. While each of us may have a different take on what constitutes such writing, there is much to be gleaned from others’ definitions. For Emily Reardo
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You Are a Writer

This month, Princeton Writes announced an essay contest designed to encourage members of Princeton’s staff to exercise their gifts as writers and to recognize those who express themselves in a particularly clear, creative, and compelling way. Some may hesitate to take advantage
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Writing with Others in Mind

We typically write in solitude, immersed in our own thoughts and surrounded by our own things. Interruptions – intrusive conversations, incoming emails, needy colleagues – are generally unwelcome in these moments, unless, of course, we are not really in a mood to write. But when we si
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A Poetic Perspective

In this poem by the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, a journey that every writer must be prepared to make – from intimidation to liberation – is given metaphorical expression through the troubled history of Northern Ireland, the poet’s birthplace. From the Frontier of Writing
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Roger Rosenblatt on “Useful” Writing

In Unless it Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing (2011), the distinguished – and exceptionally versatile – writer Roger Rosenblatt includes a parting memo to the students in his course, “Writing Everything,” at Stony Brook University. Here is an excerpt: “You may not n
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