All Things Writerly

Writers Ink NonFiction is THE site for all things writerly.

(Is "writerly" a word? It should be.)

May and June and July focused on writing occasional poems for live audiences. These months offered guidance for rocking that Live Mic experience. Mother's Day, Father's Day, and the patriotic Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day occasioned several close analyses of poems written for specific occasions.

The analyses focuses on major poets like Judith Viorst (Mother's Day), Robert Haydn (Father's Day), and Walt Whitman, Waldo Emerson, John MacRae, Rupert Brooke, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wilfred Owens (patriotic days).

In August, occasional poems are cast aside to look at influences that help poets execute their concept.

Aug. 5 compared the Eagles' rock hit "Hotel California" to Carl Orff's "O Fortuna".

Aug. 15 revealed Edna St. Vincent Millay's crafting of "First Fig".

Aug. 25 examined how Millay and Robert Frost used Aristotle's Three Unities of time / place / action to develop several poems.

In September, we start drilling down into poetic devices.

Join us on the 5ths (5th / 15th / 25th) for the continuation of our year-long lessons in improving your poetic craft. 

The link will carry you to the August 25 blog. Work backwards from there.

Happy writing!


For Poets

Over at Writers Ink NonFiction is an on-going blog series about the poetic craft.

Drawing upon major poets, contemporary and canonical, each post examines the poem, from concepts to devices used, including allegories, inferences, the standard literary devices like extended metaphor, the rhetorical devices of catalog and circular construction, and much, much more.

Writers Ink NonFiction is THE site for all things writerly.

(Is "writerly" a word? It should be.)

As examples of the analyses offered, here's the summer schedule.

May and June and July focused on writing occasional poems for live audiences. These months offered guidance for rocking that Live Mic experience. Mother's Day, Father's Day, and the patriotic Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day occasioned several close analyses of poems written for specific occasions.

These analyses focus on major poets like Judith Viorst (Mother's Day), Robert Haydn (Father's Day), and Walt Whitman, Waldo Emerson, John MacRae, Rupert Brooke, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wilfred Owens (patriotic days).

In August, occasional poems are cast aside to look at influences that help poets execute their concept.

Aug. 5 compared the Eagles' rock hit "Hotel California" to Carl Orff's "O Fortuna".

Aug. 15 revealed Edna St. Vincent Millay's crafting of "First Fig".

Aug. 25 examined how Millay and Robert Frost used Aristotle's Three Unities of time / place / action to develop several poems.

The winter and spring seasons presented a wide ranging look at modern poets, most often found working in the music world: "Clocks" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother", Dolly Parton and Sting, "Paper Cup" and "Both Sides Now", and Carole King and Ryan Teddar (of "Counting Stars" fame).

Looking ahead, in September, we start drilling down into poetic devices and continue that into October.

Join us on the 5ths (5th / 15th / 25th) for the continuation of our year-long lessons in improving your poetic craft. 

The link will carry you to the August 25 blog. Work backwards from there.

Happy writing!



Newbie Notta Mistakes

Yep, you read that title right. In August, Edie Roones and Remi Black looked at three mistakes that many writers make--but which they managed to avoid.

Curious? This link will take you through the looking glass to Edie Roones' site. Work backwards #3, #2, and #1 so you can start three steps ahead of most other newbie writers.




Newbie Writing Mistakes

In July, Edie Roones and Remi Black teamed up to answer a question from a newbie writer about mistakes they made when entering the writing business.

This link will take you to Remi's site for the 1st of July for 7 total blogs throughout July on those newbie writer mistakes.

On the 5ths during August (5/15/25), we'll look at the Newbie Notta Mistakes ~ we can learn from those as well.

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