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Anyone interested in obtaining a page for writing should contact Ahuva.
book: Wild Mind


The Shadow Award Poetry Contest - It costs 6 or 7 dollars to submit 1 - 3 poems. They say: "we’re keeping with The Molotov Cocktail mission of providing a projectile for the dark and offbeat, for the strange and surreal." First Prize is 100 dollars.



6/6/16: Final Lesson Summary of the Year.
16/5/16: We Finally Did the Haiku Lesson.
Write a haiku or a poem or anything else you want to write. Maybe, something to do with nature.
2/5/16: Haiku Assignment
11/4/16: We played with Sophia the Who's Who Challenge.
Over Passover Vacation, Write at least Twice.
4/4/16: Writing Prompt - Waiting.
28.3.16: Writing Prompt - Costumes.
14/3/16: Read "Do It" - pages available with Ahuva.
Writing Prompt: I want to write about/I don't want to write about...
7/3/16: Writing Prompt for this Week - The Future.
22/2/16: Describe something you know very well. Include the objects and items there as well as the way they are used and the emotions they evoke.
15/2/16: Finish This Story:
I found out we have an attic just a week ago when me and my father looked for some old family photos. Since then I can't stop exploring the place. There are tons of boxes full of journals and old photos that I want to go through. I found this old journal. It was my grandma’s...
8/2/16: Writing Prompt: I had just come out of the bathroom and I was in the hall...
1/2/16: Write another I remember/I don't remember.
25/1/16" Self Assessments.
Use one or more of the following pictures or "I remember the time when..." as writing prompts.




4/1/16: Read "The Gap",
copies available in Ahuva'a classroom.
Assignment: Write every day for a week without rereading. We will read it together next Monday.
28/12/15: Use one or more of the following pictures as a writing prompt.



21/12/15: Again I say, Write Some More! This weeks writing prompt is "Home", but you can write anything you want and if you get stuck, go back to "I remember/I don't remember.
30/11/15: Write Some More!
This weeks writing prompt is "Fire", but you can write anything you want and if you get stuck, go back to "I remember/I don't remember.
23/11/15: Write Something! Remember/Forget or Teeth or Independence Day or Dreams or Morning Coffee or The Smell of My Room. 
16/11/15: Write about something that is hard for you, but write slowly. The chapter from Wild Mind is available for reading in the bag hanging from the bookshelf in Ahuva's classroom.
9/11/15: Read Great Stuff.
Homework: Continue writing last week's entry or write a whole new entry using the writing prompt: a door closes.
2/11/15: Rants and Poetry about Needing to Write.
Writing Prompt: A door.
19/10/15: Build Your Own Style and Structure.
Homework: Write a simple sentence and then another and another. Keep writing till you have built your own structure.
12/10/15: Discuss the Writing Rules and What They Do.
Homework: Write on your Creative Writing Forum page: 10 minutes each starting with another pair: I know/I don't know; I'm afraid/I'm not afraid; I sense/ I don't sense; I feel/ I don't feel.
21/9/15: Read about How Writing Practice Works.
Homework:
Write on your Creative Writing Forum page: 10 minutes starting with "I remember..." and then another ten minutes starting with "I don't remember..."
7/9/15: Homework:
Write on your Creative Writing Forum page: 10 minutes starting with "I want..." and then another ten minutes starting with "I don't want..."
9/8/15: Three short films from the Jameson First Shot Competition. They are kind of depressing, but that's just to convince Ya'acoby to write something.




28/6/15:
The worst thing that can happen to a writer is to become a Writer. 
Mary McCarthy 

I think I succeeded as a writer because I did not come out of an English department. I used to write in the chemistry department. And I wrote some good stuff. If I had been in the English department, the prof would have looked at my short stories, congratulated me on my talent, and then showed me how Joyce or Hemingway handled the same elements of the short story. The prof would have placed me in competition with the greatest writers of all time, and that would have ended my writing career. 
Kurt Vonnegut 

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself. . . .Anybody can have ideas — the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph. 
Mark Twain 

Like every writer, he measured the virtues of other writers by their performance, and asked that they measure him by what he conjectured or planned. 
Jorge Luis Borges 

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself. Marianne Moore There are days when the result is so bad that no fewer than five revisions are required. In contrast, when I’m greatly inspired, only four revisions are needed. 
John Kenneth Galbraith 

I love writing poetry but it’s taken time, like a difficult courtship that leads to a good marriage, for us to get to know each other. I wrote poetry for seven years to learn how to write a sentence because I really wanted to write novels and I figured thatI couldn’t write a novel until I could write a sentence. 
Richard Brautigan 

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way? 
Emily Dickinson 

I am a crass and ignorant person who considers all poetry, from Shakespeare on down, to be a complete hoax. Like a bore at a cocktail party, most poems discuss only the weather, their feelings, and that little gray bird they saw on their way to work. As with yogurt and math, I’m convinced that anyone who claims to enjoy poetry is lying. 
Paul Rudnick 

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you. 
Joseph Joubert 

If your everyday life seems poor to you, do not accuse it; accuse yourself, tell yourself you are not poet enough to summon up its riches; since for the creator there is no poverty and no poor or unimportant place. Rainer Maria Rilke 

Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce  did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room. 
Annie Dillard 

The creative process takes its own course. If it did otherwise, it would not be creative. P.W. Martin When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: One stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. ButI’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope. 
Stephen King 

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you / in spite of everything, / don’t do it. / unless it comes unasked out of your / heart and your mind and your mouth / and your gut, / don’t do it. 
Charles Bukowski 

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death — fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. Edna Ferber If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 




A Perfect Metaphor for Good Writing.






Question: How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Two. One to screw it almost all the way in and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.



4/6/14: I liked this. I think it is an example of excellent writing:


When you write, do it like this, except with words.
Word of the day -
dysania - The state of having a hard time waking up and getting out of bed in the morning.


Links to contests we might be interested in:
Splice Today Writing Contest
Top Prize: $1,000 Tell us about your life in less than 5000 words. An autobiography or memoir that might encompass just one year, or day, or the whole shebang
•    All entries due by Nov. 30, 2013.
•    Send to Russ Smith: mug1988@aol.com
•    Your entry must be un-published.
•    In order to participate, you must register as a Splice Today user.
•    Writers who’ve contributed at least five stories to Splice Today in the past four years are ineligible.
•    Second prize is $500. Third is $250.
•    Typed manuscripts are not encouraged, but will be accepted: Splice Today, 2639 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
Young Writers - Teen Poets Contest

And, this is a different, for anyone bored, silly youtube video that made me laugh. There isn't any writing, but it is VERY CREATIVE! Not the same Beard One!!!



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