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Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

Free Time Saving Tools for Students 

So much to do, so little time. Student life is demanding, to say the least. Fortunately,  we’ve got an endless buffet of time saving tools at our disposal.  Best of all, most of them are free! Here’s my go-to tools: No, I’m not go...

Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism

Magic realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques. Ever since I started writing as a kid, unusual things have happened in my well-grounded ...

How to Draw Influence from Other Writers Without Plagiarizing: 6 Tips to Avoid an Ailey O’Toole Situation

Plagiarism in poetry is nothing new; it’s happened before. Those who are in-the-know on poetry news most likely have heard about the latest high-profile case of plagiarism in poetry. The poem “Gun Metal,” which was nominated for the 2...

My Favourite Instrumental Music to Study to

November 21, 2018, by Alina My Favourite Instrumental Music to Study to If you’re like me and prefer to study cooped up in the library then you’ll understand the problems of accidentally sitting next to either a hungry student devouring...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

Meaningful Reading Engagement with Quote Cards

This is a guest post from Noah Geisel. “Quote cards were fun way to be more creative with it and manipulate it instead of just writing it down.” — Cruz, 20. My Digital Media & Learning class is driven by critical thinking and ...

Is Your Feedback Really Effective? – This Google Docs Add-on Will Tell You

Anyone who has ever spent a Sunday afternoon grading essay after essay has at some point wondered, “did anyone listen when I explained homophones?” This usually happened to me around the 27th essay of the day. It’s at about that point...

5 Good Places to Find Public Domain Video Clips

There are plenty of places to find public domain images online. But finding public domain video clips isn’t quite as easy as finding public domain images. Part of the reason for that is the cost associated with hosting videos. Should ...

Shitty First Drafts

The key to that next great written piece? It all starts with your (likely terrible) first draft. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all you had to do to write a strong essay or story was sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? Of c...

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