James Judd in repose

The 5 Essential Books You Need to Write Your Essay or Solo Show

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| New York, NY, US | | 5 Comments

The books on this list are the ones I have returned to many times for inspiration, not just a once-through and then onto the bookshelf to be forgotten.

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Be a Triple Threat, Write in Three Genres

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It boggles my mind that people go to MFA programs which forbid them to take courses in other genres.

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Through Trial and Error, I Found a College that was Just Right

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Have I ever actually used my diploma to get a job? Does having a degree ensure I am best friends with movie stars? The answer is a definitive “NO.”

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Teaching How to Create Meaning How I help students convey individual + universal truth

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As a writing teacher I am in the business of helping people see their voices, their lives, their experiences as meaningful, as conduits for connection.

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Helpful Resources for Creatives Resources to help you, or help you help others

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

There’s a wealth of resources to help creatives give and receive help, but where do you start? We made a list.

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Writing for Children Or, accept that childhood sucks if you want to write good children's lit

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| Davis, CA, US | | 5 Comments

The best children’s literature addresses the pain and powerlessness of being a kid and gives that power back to them.

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May I Have Some Money to Make My Movie?

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

“Do you have a dentist?” my filmmaker friend James Glover asks. “Your dentist has money, why don’t you ask him for some?” Once you have the money, getting everyone else is easy.

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My Hopefully-Not-Boring Wellness Tips Plus vintage 'medical' advice from 1937

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

I tend to find articles about diet and exercise incredibly boring, so I thought I’d offer my tips along with some advice I found in Jayne’s Almanac 1937.

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Happy Thanksgivukkah from Peri

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

Here it is, Thanksgiving morning, and in the spirit of The Freelancer’s Thanksgiving Bingo I’m stealing away a little time to do just a smidge of work.

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Healthy body image can be elusive.

This Moment is Yours; Eat It Up

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| New York City, NY, US | | 0 Comments

I consider myself to be intelligent, informed—able to rise above the message that skinny is beautiful. But apparently I wasn’t.

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How I Use OCD to Make Decisions Or, how to reduce anxiety by embracing unknowability

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I perform my OCD rituals to convince myself that the niggling decisions that don’t matter—yet need to be made and without agony—fit some orderly pattern.

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Banish Your Itty-Bitty Shitty Committee Tips for avoiding self-sabotage

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| New York City, NY, US | | 2 Comments

The little voices in your head telling you that you can’t do it are slowly but surely crushing your dreams. They’re your itty-bitty shitty committee.

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An Open Letter to Open Letters

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| Los Angeles, CA, US | | 0 Comments

I don’t want you in my face every day. Do you even know what’s going on in Syria? I bet no one else does when you clog up the news with your crap.

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Five Things to Know When You Fall in Love with a Writer

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 2 Comments

Writers will write, and they will write about you. Talk honestly about your boundaries. Of course, if you ever break up all bets are off, so good luck.

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Tripped (Or, One Trip to the ER Away from Food Stamps and Reality)

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| Davis, CA, US | | 5 Comments

When I got out of college I was determined not to get a real job. Then I tripped over my carry-on bag, sprained my ankle, and joined the food stamps line.

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The Terror of Reading Out Loud Surviving My First Bookstore Reading

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| New York City, NY, US | | 1 Comment

After the reading, a few people even gave me feedback. I knew that they were both right, but I never would have noticed these things on my own.

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