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Best 2014 Writing Tips from Author Interviews

One of the things I deeply enjoy about my blog,'The Practice of Creativity' is my commitment to author interviews. My blog allows me to reach out to new and established writers, after I hear them give a reading or learn about them online, and ask for an interview. Every time an author agrees to an interview, I feel excited and inspired. I look forward to checking my email and seeing how they played with and sculpted answers to my…See More
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Who I am:
I am a women's studies professor, creative writer and creativity coach. In 2004, I launched The Creative Tickle®, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the power of creativity for the 21st century. I encourage people to 'tickle their genius awake'™.
http://www.creativetickle.com/

I am now in the process of selling my first speculative fiction novel.

Most of my published writing has been for academic audiences, but I always try to utilize creative nonfiction techniques in my work.

I also write a blog called 'The Practice of Creativity' http://micheleberger.wordpress.com/
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World (Routledge 2011) co-authored with Cheryl Radeloff

The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) co-edited with Kathleen Guidroz

Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004)
Media outlets that I currently write for:
None yet, but I hope to change that soon!
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Theory
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Yes, occasionally on my blog or for academic journals
Services I offer to other writers:
As a creativity coach, I help with any problem that arises as a person tries to create, including: psychological, emotional, existential and practical challenges. I am especially attuned to understanding the specific blocks many women face as they try to cultivate creative lives.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes, I'm currently in three writing groups: prompt, critique and speculative fiction
My professional associations:
National Association of Women's Studies
North Carolina Writers' Network
I found out about She Writes from:
I found it through the internet, but also took at workshop with Deborah Siegel many years ago at NWSA.

Michele Tracy Berger's Blog

Best 2014 Writing Tips from Author Interviews

Posted on December 27, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

One of the things I deeply enjoy about my blog,'The Practice of Creativity' is my commitment to author interviews. My blog allows me to reach out to new and established writers, after I hear them give a reading or learn about them online, and ask for an interview. Every time an author agrees to an interview, I feel excited and inspired. I look forward to checking my email and seeing how they played with and sculpted answers to…

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Remembering Audre Lorde

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:00am 2 Comments

Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934- November 17,1992)

Today is Audre Lorde’s birthday! Audre Lorde was an essayist, poet and activist who referred to herself as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,".  Audre Lorde’s work has shaped and inspired two generations of writers, scholars, and…

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10 Things Writers Can Do To Jump-Start Their Writing in 2013

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:22pm 7 Comments

We all need encouragement and support for our writing lives. And, the beginning of the year invites us to try out new ideas. Here is a list of strategies that have bolstered my writing life.  May they support and inspire you.

1) Plan a Submission Party

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In my first writing group, more than fifteen years ago, I learned about the power of holding at…

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Rededicating Yourself to Writing This Summer: Spring Cleaning for Your Writing Life, Part 3

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Dedicate v. 1. To set apart for a special use. 2. To commit (oneself) to a course of action. 3. To address or inscribe (e.g., a literary work) to someone.  (Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary, 2nd ed)

Spring possibilities are about to cede to summer pleasures. I’ve been ruminating on the importance of spring cleaning for your writing life and have covered the first two…

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At 10:00am on January 5, 2015, Diane L. Fowlkes said…

Hi Michele. Yes, I got your request and accepted. I thought I sent you one back during the holiday but am never quite sure how She Writes works on these internal messages. Anyway, did you also see the comment I made on your two-year old blogpost on Audre Lorde!!? 

I always find something inspiring or practical or both in your Creativity blog and thanks for that. I'll let you know when I get to the end of this first draft mss of my novel Jump. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, though the going can get really slow, like creeping along on hands and knees! 

At 4:09pm on January 13, 2013, Kelly Hashway said…
Michele, I tried to reply to your message but She Writes won't let me. I have the interview completed for you. Can you email me at khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com and I'll send it to you? Thanks!
At 11:23am on December 23, 2012, M. Kinnel said…

Thanks so much for accepting my friend request, Michele. I look forward to connecting as well!

At 3:01pm on December 1, 2012, Judith Newton said…

Hi Olga, I think I still don't know how these comment pages work.  Did you get a chance to post?  I notice that this is from Nov 18.  Let me know and sorry for the gap in communication!

At 2:40pm on November 30, 2012, Judith Newton said…

Hi Michele, Let's do email.  I'm at jlnewton@ucdavis.edu.  I have been to NWSA but long ago at this point. Would love to hear more about you and your work.

At 12:00pm on November 18, 2012, Olga Godim said…

Michele. I just accepted your friend request. Thanks.

I'd be glad to do a guest post on your blog. I'm working on mine, but it's not ready yet.

My novel's working title: Lost & Found in Russia. The date doesn't matter, whenever it's good for you. A very short description: Mother-daughter minuet, Russian style.

A longer description: One mother travels around the globe in search of her daughter, while another must delve deep into her heart to find understanding and acceptance.

Please let me know what questions I should answer and what date your would post them.

Thanks.

Olga.

At 12:27pm on September 17, 2012, Quanie Miller said…

Thanks, Michele!

At 12:15pm on September 17, 2012, Quanie Miller said…

Yes! I look forward to reading some of your work as well! I am so glad I read your blog post because I had not even heard of Clarion East! I might apply. Let's keep in touch. 

Quanie

At 6:20am on September 3, 2012, Elisabeth Zguta said…

Thank you Michelle.  Your support, from a creative coach, is much appreciated.

Elisabeth

At 6:31am on August 3, 2012, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Yes, indeed, Michelle. Look forward to talking about Spending (and women artists!) with you. Best, M

 
 
 

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