Three steps to a smoother writing style — Nail Your Novel

This week Joanna Penn invited me to her podcast to talk about writing style and voice, which you can see in a few weeks’ time. We got so involved in the subject that we didn’t finish her question list and this point didn’t make the cut. So I thought it would make a useful post. […]

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #105-Time & Grow

Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links. Thesaurus: Time, Grow. The Guidelines are simple. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what […]

This week’s words: Time & Grow. 

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A Short Analysis of Ezra Pound’s ‘In a Station of the Metro’ — Interesting Literature

A critical reading of a classic Imagist poem ‘In a Station of the Metro’, written by Ezra Pound in 1913, is the Imagist poem par excellence. In just two lines, Pound distils the entire manifesto for Imagism into a vivid piece of poetry, what T. E. Hulme had earlier called ‘dry, hard, classical verse’. But […]

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Inspiration Call: Write a Limerick Poem — Creative Talents Unleashed

Inspiration Call: Write a Limerick poem. The Limerick is a verse form which originated in Croom, Co Limerick in the 18th century . It is a verse which must contain the following elements: Five lines Lines 1,2,5 must rhyme Lines 3 and 4 must rhyme A good Limerick will have a clever unanticipated punch line […]

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RonovanWrites’ Haiku Challenge Prompt #91: Fray & Veiled

Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links. Click HERE for LINKS to last weeks Entries for Friend&Shiver. Thesaurus: Fray, Veiled. Haiku in English How to do a Ping Back The Challenge Words! Fray&Veiled* (REMINDER: Check that your ping backs are working!) Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick […]

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This Week’s Prompt Words: FRAY & VEILED


Inspiration Call: Write about an Item From Your Pocket or Your Purse — Creative Talents Unleashed

Inspiration Call: Day 5 of National Poetry Month Writing Challenge. “An item from your pocket or purse” Get creative at ‪#‎WritersChallenge‬ ‪#‎WritingPrompt‬ ‪#‎MicroPoetry‬ ‪#‎Unleashed‬ ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬ ‪#‎CTUWritingPrompt‬

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A great way to kickstart National Poetry Month!

21 Mar 2016| Write Poetry? Love Coffee? You Might Be In Luck on World Poetry Day


According to The Guardian, through the efforts of coffee-roasting company Julius Meinl, as many a 1,100 cafes in 23 countries (locations Europe, US, UK, and Australia) will be running a promotion for UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, to be celebrated this Saturday, March 21st. What’s the offer? A cup of coffee (or your choice of caffeine dosage) in exchange for one of your poems.  This effort is aptly called “Pay With a Poem.” So, get your poems ready. Click on The Guardian link above to read the article or watch the video below to learn more.


JCU Offers Graduate Courses in Creative Writing (Summer 2016)


If you have been thinking about studying creative writing and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, then why not study with us in Rome this summer?  John Cabot University in agreement with American University will be offering four graduate courses in creative writing during the Summer Institute.  This summer’s offerings are:

  • CW 550 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • CW 554 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • CW 558 The Art of Literary Translation
  • EN 585 Advanced Creative Writing and Literature: How to Read Like a Writer

Courses will be taught by professors from both JCU and American University.  They include poet David Keplinger, author Elizabeth Geoghegan, and poet and translator Elena Buia Rutt. Please, visit the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation to learn more about these courses.

In Rome in the Coming Months? Join Us! (Upcoming Events)

Eleanor WilnerTuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by Poet Eleanor Wilner.  

Eleanor Wilner is the author of seven books of poems, including Tourist in Hell (University of Chicago Press) and The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (Copper Canyon Press). Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in The Best American Poetry 2014. (From


peter-hughesTuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by Poet Peter Hughes.  

Peter Hughes is a poet and the founding editor of Oystercatcher Press. His Selected Poems was published by Shearsman in 2013 along with ‘An intuition of the particular’: some essays on the poetry of Peter Hughes, edited by Ian Brinton.  (From


Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by Author Charles Lambert.

Charles Lambert was born in England, but has been living in Italy since 1980.  In 2008, his first novel, Little Monsters, was published by Picador, and his second novel, Any Human Face, was published in 2010 (Picador).  His most recent work, The Scent of Cinnamon and Other Stories, a collection of short stories was published by Salt Publishing.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by Author Jonathan Levi.

Jonathan Levi is the author of the 1992 novel A Guide for the Perplexed and Septimania (April 2016, The Overlook Press), as well as many plays and opera libretti that have been performed internationally. (From



susan-minotWednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM, Reading by 2016 Writer in Residence Susan Minot.

Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. (From


Other Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m, Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, CW Institute Faculty Reading and Welcome Party.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, CW Institute Reading.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, CW Institute Reading.

Monday, June 20, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, CW Institute Craft Talk: 2016 Writer in Residence Susan Minot.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Secchia Terrace, CW Institute Student Reading and Farewell Party.


To learn more about attending, visit the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation Events Page

Interested in Writing Haiku?


Almost every week, we have been reblogging author Ronovan Hester‘s Haiku Challenge featured on his blog, Ronovan Writes.  The Haiku Challenge is a prompt using two words, usually a noun and an adjective, to inspire the creation of a haiku.  The Challenge is posted every Monday morning at 8:00 EST.  To participate, simply reblog the challenge with your haiku response. Click here for more information.

If you have never written a haiku before, the form is quite simple (yet complex).  Each haiku is comprised of 17 syllables, divided in 3 lines as follows: 5 syllables | 7 syllables | 5 syllables.  The themes of haiku usually deal with the seasons, longing, loss, and/or everyday life.  Of course, like a sonnet, a haiku can be written about anything.  The form itself began in Japan and reached its height with the 17th century poet  Basho (Matsuo Kinsako). Below is an example of the form:

Basho’s Sick on a Journey

旅に病で / 夢は枯野を / かけ廻る
tabi ni yande | yume wa kareno wo | kake-meguru

5 Syllables | 7 syllables | 5 syllables

(translation: Sick on a journey, / my dreams wander / the withered fields)


An untitled haiku in English from Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompt 79

Clarity takes hold (5 syllables)

of me while walking: do leaves (7 syllables)

mind my crushing feet? (5 syllables)


Why not try your hand at writing your first haiku?

This Week’s Challenge Words: Fresh & Style

Happy Writing!