Category Archives: Zahara Heckscher

The Snow Poets’ Saga

I just returned from the Icelandic Writers Retreat. Aside from the amazing workshops with Barbara Kingsolver, Adam Gopnik, and Taiye Selasi; the soaks in the natural hot tubs around the city; the sweetness of the nut bread at the breakfast buffet; and the Saga … Continue reading

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The Five Laws of Effective Writing

Why is it so hard to write at home? Yes, I can knock off some emails and short articles at my desk. But why is it so hard to do my best focused writing at home? If you are like … Continue reading

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Mindful Facilitation: Lessons from My Mentors

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. I just spent a lovely week at the Writing Center in Bethesda, where I facilitated a week-long Writing Staycation. The 16 participants all had positive feedback on the week; one wrote thousands of words of her novel, another pulled together decades … Continue reading

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What Is New, and News, About a Poetry Festival: An Invitation To Split This Rock

“They said we had nothing new,” said Sarah Browning after three exhilarating days at the last Split This Rock Poetry Festival. She was explaining why no local media had attended to report on the event, which lit up venues from … Continue reading

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Indiegogo Success: Tips from a Campaign in Progress (Including Kickstarter vs Indiegogo)

Along with my fabulous co-authors (Daniela Papi, Claire Bennett, and Joseph Collins), I just launched my first Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Indiegogo is part of an emerging trend of crowd-funding that is now being used by nonprofits, for-profit startups, writers, and … Continue reading

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