Month: September 2017

Writing tips: practise what you preach

I’m fully focused on a summer writing school I’m planning for January 2018, right here in Mt Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand. And when I say planning, I mean that in a rather formal sense. Swerving offline to teach writing I’ve been teaching online for nearly 20 years, one way or another. I’m not knocking MOOCs […]

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Wedding song

I think you’ll like this love poem. Do reblog if you have friends about to marry, or just in love.

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19 books about aging, happiness, and the bonus years

For the record, I list some books below that have educated or entertained or enlightened me as I nervously anticipate the final stage of life. Happy reading!¬†Links are to the Amazon page for each book. Please share your own favourite books about these topics, and tell us what they gave you. (That’ll be your good […]

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Joy of Writing in Feilding, Manawatu

Tomorrow I’ll bus to a little town two hours north of Wellington for the inaugural Manawatu Writers Festival. An impressive programme includes more than 40 sessions over four days. I was asked to speak at the official opening and to run a workshop, and am delighted to be part of this boutique writers’ festival. This […]

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A radically adventurous bucket list

We know what a bucket list ought to be, right? It’s a list of wonderful things a person decides to do before they kick the bucket, i.e. before they die. They WRITE THEIR BUCKET LIST, thereby making it real, making it part of the life they will live. Most people write their own bucket lists. […]

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