Monday, August 25, 2014

Writing Prompt @Minerva Rising



I hope you'll stop by Minerva Rising to read my recent guest post. This month I offer a writing prompt inspired by my mom, a photographer with an amazing eye.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fall Literature Festivals


It's that time of year again: fall literature festivals! Your favorite writers reading their work as you listen surrounded by other writers and readers? Yes, please.

The National Book Festival, held this year at the Washington Convention Center, will be on Sat., August 30th. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, it is completely free.

The Fall for the Book Festival, organized by George Mason University, has many free events on campus and throughout the D.C. area. The festival runs from Sept. 11 - 18th.

The Dodge Poetry Festival, held at NJPAC and throughout historic buildings in Newark, New Jersey, will be held Oct. 23 - 26. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

For monthly listings of literary events in the Washington, D.C., area, check out the Beltway Poetry Quarterly's Poetry News.


Monday, August 11, 2014

AWP 2015 Minneapolis (or bust?)



Thanks to Rachel Simon, I'm looking forward to presenting on a panel at the upcoming Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP) in Minneapolis, April 8 - 11. See you there?

For more information, here's an overview of the conference, full list of accepted events and our panel:

Poets Paying the Bills: Balancing Your Writing and Moneymaking. (Rachel Simon, Chloe Yelena Miller, Hila Ratzabi, Shradha Shah, Mary Austin Speaker) “Poetry” is often synonymous with “poverty.” How do we afford groceries and other necessities? Panelists from diverse professional backgrounds will discuss how they balance their paying jobs (emergency room doctor, freelance editor, adjunct professor, poetry press editor, online instructor, and book designer) with their writing practice and families. Two panelists have small children at home.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Starting Early: Writing Your Personal Statement

Why not get started on your college or graduate school applications this summer? Once school starts in the fall, you'll be busy with the current semester.

Most early applications (early action, early decision or single choice early action) are due November 1st or November 15th and the regular application deadlines are between January 1 - February 1st. That is to say, applications are due right before or after the fall/winter holidays and exams, so now's a good time to get started on your essays.

While schools might have different essay questions or numbers of essays, your goal is to tell something about yourself. It makes sense to choose one specific question about yourself and start brainstorming ideas and drafts. Remember that writing is a process that takes many, many drafts (and time in between them.) The earlier you start, the stronger your final essay(s) will be.

For additional help, I'm available to work with you as a private writing coach. I will help you to brainstorm ideas, organize them and present them clearly. We can work on the Common Application essay, essay questions particular to schools and short response questions.

Remember: Your job is to display your writing skills, critical thinking skills and creativity. The admissions counselors want to learn more about you and what you can do. We can make sure that your skills, experiences and interests are fully represented in your application as a whole. Remember to value your creative side - you might click through to this article on the subject from Harvard.

I am available to meet with at convenient times in person, online or on the phone.

Email me {Chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com} to sign up today.

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