Playwriting, Part One: Setting the Stage in Your Community

Playwriting gives Native voices an expanded platform to tell stories, air grievances, and harness the power of the spoken word.

The Art of Critique Writing, Part Two: A Level Playing Field

Media critiquing isn’t a spectator sport. And when reviewing a book, film, or work of art, we must remember that our strength comes not from the size of our font, but from our ability to be objective in our conclusions.

The Art of Critique Writing Part One: Why We Need Critics

Artists need our help. Their work is inherently collaborative, because it requires an audience to consume it and search for its meaning. Some art is compelling, but often a work resonates loudest once critique writers like us interpret the virtues of its artistic expression. The words we write can encourage others to engage, and through our craft we help amplify…

Fiction Writing’s Great Expectations

Every work of fiction could be titled, Great Expectations. If a story is the meeting place where the reader and writer mingle, then that title encompasses all aspirations. Of course that’s not to say that writers need to emulate the plot of Charles Dickens’ 19th-century novel, but rather that its name should remind us of our responsibility as wordsmiths. Simply…

Making Our Writing Sing: The Revision Process

Writing takes time, talent, and persistence. Some would-be writers focus too much on a perceived lack of time, claiming they’d create great texts if they weren’t so busy with other things. Others admit to a talent deficiency, stating that “writer’s block” has barred them from going back to their keyboards. Yet successful writers know that persistence is the key to…

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”: Persuasive Writing

We writers are passionate advocates for our causes. We post to social media, compose essays for classes, and circulate our views in tribal college and university (TCU) publications. Some of us have written words that instigate change, but too many of us see our aspirations fail to reach fruition. We may get discouraged by our readers’ inaction, and that’s understandable….

Content Development with a Twist

The best writing doesn’t simply navigate readers, but rather instills a sense of urgency that compels them forward.

Capturing an Audience’s Attention

Good writing can be difficult. Discover a handful of useful strategies to improve your writing and engage your audience.

Some Prewriting Required

Sometimes good writing appears effortless. The words flow easily, the ideas connect seamlessly, and from start to finish the work captures the heart of the subject matter. Some students brag about the phenomenon of the essay that seems to have written itself. Some credit the wisdom of their procrastination as the reason for their success, boasting, “I write better under…

How to Write a Better Essay

Every semester my new students and I have a version of the same conversation. It usually begins with someone asking if I’m intending to grade papers “like it’s a theater class or like it’s an English class?” What they want to know is whether I’ll be grading papers solely on content or if they need to worry about their grammar….

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