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Think Different, Teach Different, Learn Different: An Apple iTunes U Adventure

February 1, 2014

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The bare stage, artistically lit, adorned with just three director chairs and framed by a movie-sized projection screen bearing the Apple logo, seemed the perfect setting for one of the computer company’s familiar product launches or insightful tech instruction. There was only one major difference at this event: This time the stage was set for […]

Writers Can Learn a lot from Rachel Crow

August 14, 2012

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Spent the weekend in New Jersey with my son watching boy band sensation Big Time Rush in concert. Don’t laugh—we had a fabulous time, and those guys know how to put on a show that will make audiences leave satisfied. Before we got to BTR, however, we sat through two open acts—including X Factor fan […]

Following the 10 Commandments of Magazine Writing

June 10, 2012

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I will start by saying this blog has nothing to do with religion, despite its title, which I will admit I stole from This American Life, as opposed to the Bible. Ira Glass in 2007 did an episode called “Ten Commandments,” and featured stories of people struggling to follow the commandments. But neither Ira, nor […]

Length is Relative–at Least When It Comes to Writing Articles

May 7, 2012

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Even in this age of Twitter, it’s  hard to find a journalist who doesn’t like to write long. We all love to share our prose and think ourselves masters of wit and language. We can turn a phrase like a ballerina on pointe. Which is why I was a little surprised today when my students […]

What Happens When the Art of Revision Gets Messy?

October 14, 2011

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Revision sucks. Revision, which in French means “to see again,” is the fresh vegetables of writing–it’s really good for you, and you need it in your life, but a lot of people hate it. Ignoring it doesn’t mean you don’t need it, and you surely can’t live without it. And that last part is a […]

Teaching to the Test

August 28, 2011

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As my 10-year-old son sat at his computer one night last spring, sweat began trickling down the side of his face like he was in the “Marathon Man” dental chair. His eyes darted between the monitor and the keyboard, willing his brain to find the right answer and his fingers to type the right key–as […]

Do I Hit for the Fences and Risk a Strike-Out, or Go for a Safer Single?

July 11, 2011

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Today, I’m sending a story idea to Cosmopolitan. I think. Or maybe I’ll send it to Bitch. Or Bust. What to do? As a writer, I have been really lucky. I’ve interviewed NHL coaches and Olympic gold medalists, NBA players, world-renowned chefs, high-ranking elected officials and nationally known writers. My stories have featured everything from […]