"Raymond’s eye for telling detail is very fine, as one expects of an accomplished writer, but to this she adds the informing eye of a natural historian of place.”
— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America
Midge Raymond

Midge's blog about writing . . . reading . . . and everything in between

Weekly Writing: Cheating

Write about the last time you cheated, whether it was on a partner, in a game, etc.

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September 1, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Film School

Take a scene from something you’re working on, and put on a film-school hat. As director, screenwriter, cinematographer, musical producer, whatever — rewrite the scene as it would appear in a film, paying close attention to (you guessed it) the actions of the characters, the dialogue, the setting, the sounds. Then take note of what you’ve discovered about this new scene, and incorporate these elements into your project.

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August 25, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Trees

Imagine passing a logging truck on the road. What does the image bring to mind: a new home, an empty forest? Write a scene that captures the image and your emotional reaction with as much detail as possible.

August 18, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Fog

Write about fog, whether it’s a marine layer at the coast or a cloud hovering between mountain peaks or a mist you’re driving through at night. Describe all the sensations and emotions that fog brings to mind.

August 11, 2014   Comments Off

Late summer news & events…

I just sent out an e-newsletter with late summer and early autumn news and events …

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…and there’s a lot more going on than I realized until I put it all together.

The fabulous Sheila Bender will be in Southern Oregon … I’m reading (with Janée Baugher) and teaching in Port Townsend in September … there’s an all-day writing conference coming up in Ashland in October … I found a very cool online resource for writers … and I’m teaching an online class for the amazing organization Kahini in the new year.

You can check out the latest news here. And, if you’d like to receive news via email, click here to subscribe.

Hope to see you this fall!

August 5, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Color

Write about the color green and all its possible meanings and connotations. Next, write about the color blue. Then orange. Then purple.

August 4, 2014   Comments Off

Bookstore Geek: Imprint Books in Port Townsend, Washington

I’ve written about this wonderful bookstore previously, and it’s as wonderful as ever — but now, the store is in a new location under a new awning: Owners Anna and Peter Quinn purchased Imprint Books and, this spring, combined the two stores in its new location at 820 Water Street.

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The new Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books has all the best of both places — a huge selection of books (still creatively organized), as well as fun writerly gifts and toys (from Writer’s Block chocolate to cleverly worded T-shirts and mugs).

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The store is as bright and welcoming as it was in its previous location, and the Quinns continue to host visiting and local writing instructors in a lovely and inviting new workshop space.

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You can check out the workshop offerings here — I’m delighted to be in the lineup to teach two workshops on September 17 (call 360-379-2617 for more information and to register), and I’m in great company with other fall instructors, including Bill Kenower, Erica Bauermeister, Sheila Bender, and many more.

And for those of you with little ones, Imprint Books has a fabulous, child-sized section for kids, a cozy little nook perfect for getting lost in a book or two.

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If you haven’t stopped in already, be sure to visit The Writer’s Workshoppe and Imprint Books when you’re in Port Townsend…and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore this fabulous spot for readers and writers.

July 30, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Vacation

I recently read about a study that revealed that people enjoy anticipating vacations even more than they enjoy taking vacations — apparently, the joy is in the looking forward rather than the being away.

With this in mind, write about a vacation you looked forward to that actually disappointed you. Next, write about a trip that was even better than you expected.

July 28, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Stops

Write about a rest stop.

July 14, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: It’s all about you

Write the jacket copy for your memoir. (Remember: a memoir isn’t a summary of your life; it’s a story. What story would you tell if you could write only one book about your life?)

July 7, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Coveting

Write about something you stole, or wanted to steal. And why.

June 30, 2014   Comments Off

Creativity for Artists

Thanks so much to Kara at the Ashland Art Center for this lovely write-up about the Creativity for Artists class I so enjoyed giving a couple weeks ago.

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It was a wonderful class … and of course a class is made great by having incredible students! Thanks to all the artists (painters, photographers, writers, and so many more), I too learned a lot about living a creative life. Click here to read Kara’s post and to get some tips about bringing more creativity into your own everyday life.

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June 29, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: History

Write about your favorite moment in history — and why. Then, write about a moment in history that makes you cringe, and why.

June 23, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Home

Write about a home you wish you still lived in.

June 16, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Strangers

Write about a stranger you met who had a surprising effect on your life — someone who met only briefly but have always remembered.

June 9, 2014   Comments Off