Category Archives: Writing

Adventures in MOOC-land

To hear Sebastian Thrun tell it, some folks like a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) even better than a real world lecture class. Thrun, the founder of Udacity, discovered that some of his Stanford University students liked the online version … Continue reading

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Inspiration for your writing

If you’ve ever dreamed of attending the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, here’s your chance to eavesdrop on some of the classes. The Writing University Podcast (website, iTunes) includes edited recordings of some of the past … Continue reading

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The Tolkien Professor

Okay fantasy fans: if you’ve been thinking of rereading J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle Earth (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc.) you couldn’t find a better reading buddy than Washington College English Professor Corey Olsen, a.k.a. The Tolkien … Continue reading

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Freud was wrong about catharsis

Why does the “talking cure” pioneered by Sigmund Freud and his students help relieve anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses? Freud famously taught that psychotherapy helped the patient achieve catharsis, or purging of the emotions. This was helpful, Freud thought, … Continue reading

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Authors give writing advice

If you’re looking for some writing inspiration, tips on technique, or just some insight into how authors and playwrights get their ideas and set to work, here are a couple of good online options. Creative Writing, Open University (iTunes) The … Continue reading

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