Archive for month: December, 2019

6 techniques for clear and compelling speech

Politicians and other public figures deploy particular rhetorical devices to communicate their ideas and to convince people, and it’s time that we all learned how to use them, says speechwriter Simon Lancaster. There is a secret language of leadership — [...]

Helpful advice for aspiring writers of all ages

Being a writer is all about expressing your unique perspective with feeling and originality, not about having a huge vocabulary or getting published, says author Jacqueline Woodson. She shares a little of what she’s learned in the process of writing [...]

Turn your school essay into a TED-style Talk

Writing a college admissions essay (or any essay for that matter) can be grueling. BUT—did you know that once you’ve written that essay, you’re halfway to giving a TED-style Talk? So why not register with The TED-Ed Student Talks Program to [...]

“Write your story, and don’t be afraid to write it” — a sci-fi writer talks about finding her voice and being a superhero

Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor writes the kind of drop-everything, Africa-based fantasy and sci-fi that she never saw on bookshelves growing up. Here, she talks about the authors that shaped her, her inspirations (traffic! jellyfish!) and her collaboration with Marvel. Nnedi Okorafor is [...]

Start a teen literary magazine

BIO “My high school students don’t see themselves as writers,” says Jennifer Ward, a high school English teacher in Grandville, Michigan. “They come into class and declare, ‘I hate writing!’ They don’t see their stories, their experiences, their voices as [...]

5 practical ways to keep your creative resolutions

The Oxford English Dictionary defines creativity as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” How will you exercise your creativity this year? To keep your creative resolutions, try these 5 process-oriented tips: 1. Choose a goal [...]

Editor’s checklist: 8 ways to improve your nonfiction writing in 10 minutes

Ready to improve your next blog post, school essay or how-to article? Try these self-editing tips after you write a first draft: Find the main idea + put it first. Writers frequently throw away a first paragraph on throat-clearing, explanatory [...]