With both hands wrapped around a steaming mug, Ann Kroeker recognizes that life needs pauses. And life needs tea.
Interview with an English Teacher, Pt 2: The Heroic in Literature
English teacher Diane Flint reflects on “the heroic” and “the hero’s journey” as a central theme taught in most English curricula.
Interview with an English Teacher, Pt 1: Texts and Teaching
Ann Kroeker interviews her high school English teacher, who reflects the heart of a guide—a mentor—for anyone who wants to help a student love literature.
The Healing Power of Poetry and Art
Liberated from a concentration camp, Gerda Klein recited a line from German poet Goethe—a reminder of the healing power of poetry and art.
Writing Coach Podcast Series – I Am From
“I Am From” helps you know yourself better, and the better you know yourself, the more you are equipped to say what you alone can say, in a voice that’s uniquely yours.
Writing Coach Podcast Series – Find and Follow the Energy
Some writers are trying to figure out why their writing lives or writing projects feel stuck or sluggish. They need to find and follow the energy.
Writing Coach Podcast Series – Start with Three Sentences
Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach, recommends you begin with three sentences to get a project in motion, because a few sentences can become a paragraph, a few paragraphs can become a chapter. And a few chapters can become a book.
Writing Coach Podcast Series – Fill the Gap
Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach, encourages you to keep at your writing, even when you feel intimidated by the Greats and see a gap between your skill level and theirs. As you fill the gap, you’ll learn to write.
Poetry for Life: Mind’s Eye Poetry – Rewriting Dementia
Mind’s Eye Poetry connects with dementia patients, engaging their minds and memories to create poems on the spot.
Poets & Writers Toolkit: Productivity Apps for Busy Writers
Busy poets and writers must find ways organize themselves and their work. Today, we present top recommended productivity apps for busy writers.
Book Love: Of Tractors and Mockingbirds
I said my goal was for students to appreciate literature. Secretly, though, my goal was for the kids to love literature. I wanted them to experience book love.
Memoir Notebook: Writing the Fragile
In memoir, how do you write what is fragile? Maybe first you have to live it. Courageously remember it. Then tap the fragile in yourself.
Coming Home to Scotland and Scottish Poetry
Surprised by Scotland, a writer finds herself taken by her past, her present with Scottish poets, and maybe (who knows) her future.
The Writing Life: Beginnings, Pt. 2
After only dreaming of the writing life, a college girl starts to find her voice. Through poetry.
The Writing Life: Beginnings, Pt. 1
The athlete of the family lives in the shadow of her brother while secretly dreaming of a writing life of her own.
Teaching Poetry to Children: There Are So Many Blues
“Oh, my kids aren’t poetic at all, ” she said. “Prepare yourself for a big flop.” Ann Kroeker takes on the challenge of teaching poetry to children.
Come Again: Teaching Poetry to Children
Ann Kroeker reflects on teaching poetry to her children through such simple routines and rituals as reading poetry at the dinner table.