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Living the Writer’s Life: 
Insights and Musings from The Graduate Institute’s Emerging Writers 


What does it mean to “Live the Writer’s Life”? 

To find out, ten strangers formed a writing cohort, came up with an audacious plan to write and publish and book together, and created "Where the Words Await...Walking the Writer's Path".  


In this first-ever collection of writings by colleagues from TGI’s Writing and Oral Traditions Program, ten authors gather their best fiction and non-fiction pieces and add insights and m...

While this author’s colleagues discussed the intricacies of the editing process during a weekend session of the Writing and the Oral Traditions cohort, he attended his youngest daughter’s high school graduation. Of course, any parent worth the title would make himself available for this momentous event. But this student would like to examine the event of graduation from an editorial point of view.


    As a college composition...

My mother used to visit my husband and me in Connecticut for a few weeks in the summer.  She was in her early eighties then and, except for some hearing loss and eyesight issues, in remarkably good health. 

One July I asked my friend Sue to drive out with me to Ohio to pick her up. On the way back, we decided to treat Mom by swinging off I-80 in mid-Pennsylvania to Woolrich, the company town headquarters of the eponymous s...

 The Great Gatsby has long been synonymous with Long Island, but what if Fitzgerald’s true inspiration came from time spent here in Connecticut?

     F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. This experience had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived. Having just married and recently kicked ou...


Enjoying Grammar


     Earlier in the Writing and Oral Traditions Program, we participated in a weekend session involving the importance of play in the classroom. This latest weekend’s editing session got me thinking: Can grammar be enjoyable? Even that very question is enough to make an average teacher recoil.

     Lucky for you, however, I am not one of those average teachers. In fact, lucky reader, I give you permi...

          Though everyone has a personality, its source is seldom a point that receives focused individual research. From what ground does personality arise, and how does it evolve? One school of thought proposes that the root of our personality lies in our genetic code, while another argues for personality is an evolutionary product of our ongoing experience. In either case, our personality is inextricably linked to defining...