Heading into spring, we invite our writers to quiet their minds and reflect on the value of silence and solitude with this poem, “Silence,” by Billy Collins: There is the sudden silence of the crowd above a player not moving on the field, and the silence of the orchid. The […]

Coffee + Writing 3/24


  Have you participated in one of AWP’s #ReverbWriting events? If so, look and listen for yourself in this video! If not, watch and learn what #ReverbWriting is all about. (Featured photos from January 2017 at the Anchorage Museum.)

#ReverbWriting with AWP


It’s past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but his words are of course relevant year-round: With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it would be a good idea for writers to examine the various kinds of love, in fiction, memoir, poetry, drama…whatever your heart desires! Ask yourself: What would I […]

Coffee + Writing 2/10



  “I’m writing in hope for ________.” What is it you hope for in/with your writing? Do you hope to achieve world peace; to stop climate change; to love people better, using your own written words? You could incorporate New Year’s resolutions you’ve already written, or create some with this […]

Coffee + Writing 1/20


Just like that, National Novel Writing Month is over. Or is it? Well, we can’t win any more virtual badges or anything for another 11 months, but we can keep writing, and we will. This month taught me a lot about writing, motivation and pre-teens, and I hope everyone reading these posts […]

YWP Mat-Su: Wrap up


Overheard in the Colony Middle School library: “Wait, why am I dead?” “I’m Sprinkles and you’re Twizzlers.” “Yours would be more like a dystopia.” I LOVE listening to middle school students talk to each other about their novels — the silly stuff, the insights, everything. These young writers are not only […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 4



Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. […]

Coffee & Writing 12/9