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Rx for writers (under construction)

When you're feeling disorganized:

How to Organize Your Work & Your Life, Robert Moskowitz 
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination & Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, Neil Fiore


Live video: London Writers' Salon free Zoom write-alongs four times a day, five days a week


Online resources:

Freedom distraction blocker
Time-management apps & other resources for ADHD adults
32 Tools and Apps Freelance Writers Swear By

Printable monthly calendar



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When you're feeling anxious:


15-minute meditation for anxiety--Yoga with Adriene
20-Minute Guided Meditation for Reducing Anxiety and Stress--Clear the Clutter to Calm Down
30 minutes de yoga pour débutant (en français)
Guided meditations in English y español & many other languages, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Om chanting that I like for concentration
Wellness Series, U of Chicago: Pilates, yoga, meditation

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When you need to connect in Chicago:

Chicago Live Lit calendar 
Chicago Poetry Center

Guild Complex multicultural literary arts organization

Our Chapter (wimmin)
Inner-City Muslim Action Network: Arts & Culture

Rebuild Foundation Stony Island Arts Bank
University of Chicago Arts + Public Life

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When you're feeling alone in the US:


American Society of Journalists and Authors
Asian American Writers' Workshop
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (huge annual conference; site contains writer's calendar as well as guide to writing programs, contests, residencies)
Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry
Kundiman (Asian American writers and readers)
Latinx in Publishing
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
VONA: Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation

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When you don't know where to send your short pieces:


Erika Dreifus' The Practicing Writer newsletter
Red Fish Studio daily notices re: submissions &tc.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs writers' calendar
Creative Writers Opportunities compiled by poet Allison Joseph
Writers Write
New Pages: small press & journal reviews, calls for submission
Poets & Writers classifieds: calls for submissions
Driftwood Press: where to submit (lit mags)



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When you need to de-colonize your workshop:

From Haymarket Books

"The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom," Felicia Rose Chavez (video)

"Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping," Matthew Salesses



"How to Tame a Wild Tongue," Gloria Anzaldúa
"Is 'Show Don't Tell' a Universal Truth or a Colonial Relic?," Namrata Poddar
"Who's at the Center of Workshop and Who Should Be?" Matthew Salesses
Writers of Color Discussing Craft: an invisible archive (part of de-canon)




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When you need to know how to write it...



"Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form," Madison Smartt Bell

"Turning Life into Fiction," Robin Hemley

"The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling," Charles Johnson

"A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing," David Mura




"Psychic Distance: what it is and how to use it," Emma Darwin (with help from John Gardner)


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Memoirs and essay collections written in fragments and small stories (list that goes with Jan. 26, 2022 class via Park Ridge Public Library)


Shifting the Silence, Etel Adnan

Of Colour, Katherine Agyman Agard

Companion to an Untold Story, Marcia Aldrich

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Dorothy Allison

Berlin Childhood around 1900, Walter Benjamin

Notes from No-Man's Land; Having and Being Had, Eula Biss

The Book of Imaginary Beings, Jorge Luis Borges

I Remember, Joe Brainard

Decreation (multi genre), Anne Carson

No Relation, Paula Carter

The Crying Book, Heather Christle

On the Home Front, Mary Jo Clark as told to Jack Clark

Paris Vagabond, Jean-Paul Clebert

The Devil Never Sleeps, Andrei Codrescu

This Story Will Change, Elizabeth Crane

The Memory of Fire Trilogy: Genesis, Faces and Masks, and Century of the Wind; Eduardo Galeano

Heating and Cooling, Beth Ann Fennelly

Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Little Labors, Rivka Ricki Galchen

Colored People: A Memoir, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Woman and Nature, Susan Griffin

Still Life With a Bridle, Zbigniew Herbert

I Remember King Kong (The Boxer), Denis Hirson

A Bestiary, Lily Hoang

The Book of Resemblances; The Book of Margins; Edmond Jabes

Trespasses, Lacy Johnson

The Folded Clock: A Diary, Heidi Julavits

Wife/Daughter/Self: A Memoir in Essays, Beth Kephart

The Periodic Table, Primo Levi

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Yiyun Li

Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, Paul Lisicky

Selected Cronicas, Clarice Lispector

Sidewalks, Valeria Luiselli

Socialist Realism, Trisha Low

300 Arguments, Sarah Manguso

How to Stop Time, Ann Marlowe

A Leak in the Heart, Faye Moskowitz

Bluets; Argonauts; Maggie Nelson

Still No Word from You: Notes in the Margin, Peter Orner (10/22)

I Remember, Georges Perec

Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine

Intimate: An American Photo Album, Paisley Rekdal

Late Migrations, Margaret Renkl

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Sarah Ruhl

Sex Talks to Girls, Maureen Seaton

Unbearable Splendor, Sun Yung Shin

A Postcard Memoir, Lawrence Sutin

A Three Dog Life; Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, Abigail Thomas

FIve Plots, Erica Trabold

My Life as a Foreign Country, Brian Turner

Micrograms, Nicole Walker
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order, Joan Wickersham


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