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Write for Your Life

I don’t know about you, but I love a good story. Whether it’s binge-watching The Crown on Netflix, losing myself in Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, or sitting in a coffee shop while a friend recounts her life...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blog Academics, Alumni, Faculty

The Art of Beginning: 5 Ways to Invigorate Your Writing

I love a story from the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. A ceramics teacher divided pottery students into two groups—one that had to make as many pots as possible and another that had to make the best pot...

Friday, January 31, 2020

Blog Communication, Community

Writing for Wonder and Joy

Six years ago today I got my first book deal. I also had my first panic attack. Publishing was very hard for me, almost every single step. So hard, in fact, that I had a long crisis of identity about whether I even...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blog Academics, Career Development, Students, The Arts

5 Ways to Be a Better Writer

Writing takes creativity, work, and some helpful advice.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blog Faculty, The Arts

The Spiritual Act of Naming: Truth Telling in Writing

My desire to write comes from an experience of reading. I read a transforming word. As I am transformed, I wish to influence transformation in a confusing and unjust world. Ethicist Oliver O’Donovan writes...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Leadership, Ministry & Missions

Cultivating Community in the Classroom: An Interview with Emily Herlinger ‘15

Northwestern Alumna, Emily Herlinger, shares her experiences teaching English as a second language both in Bulgaria and In Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Blog Community, The Arts, UNW News

Northwestern hosts largest Christian writers conference in the country

In just the first year for what will be an annual event, the Northwestern Christian Writers Conference sold out, and it became the largest Christian writers conference in the nation.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blog Career Development, College Preparation, Faculty, The Arts

The Risk of Excellence: Embracing Writing Critique

Writer and professor, Judith Hougen talks about the risk and reward of critique.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blog Academics, Faculty, The Arts

Dealing with writer's envy

Working towards success as a writer is difficult. Watching that success come to your peers while it eludes you can be even more challenging to deal with. Author and professor Heather Peterson shares how you can beat the...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Academics, Faculty, Parents, Students, The Arts

I want to write. Am I doomed to be a barista?

As an instructor in the professional writing program at UNW, I see lots of talented students. But these students sometimes don't know how to push this writing life forward as a vocation. With some guidance and practice,...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blog Alumni, College Preparation, The Arts

Don't be afraid of creative degrees

When I studied creative writing at Northwestern, well-meaning friends and family often joked about my future "career" as a starving artist.

Monday, March 13, 2017