How to Write

This weekend we went to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers: Breena and Cheryl Clarke, Mary Johnson, and me. We were with Jennifer Browdy and many other women. Everyone wanted to know How to Write.

This is not
my first
how to write
a poem
my first
how to write
a story or
a memoir
or even
a whole novel
Here’s what
Nora Roberts
she writes
ten times
than the rest
of us
here’s what she
said. Her
writing key,
in the New Yorker
while many people
quote Anne Lamott
Stephen King
Mary Karr for me
it’s Nora Roberts.
Just put
your ass
in the chair
she said.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


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