Where do you write?Margaret McCaffrey  –  May 4 2017My local café recently changed its seating arrangement. Oh no, I thought. Not because of me, I hoped. Me, sitting at the big table by the front window, trying not to spread my […]

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PlumblineMargaret McCaffrey  –  May 4 2017I was halfway through my MA thesis, or so I thought when my teacher asked: “Margaret, what is your plumbline?” I had no idea – a) what my plumbline was, or b) what a plumbline was.I knew I […]

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The Good Mentor Margaret McCaffrey  –  June 28 2017It’s said that writing can’t be taught. But why not? Tobias Wolff taught George Saunders at Syracuse University, and look where that got George. All the way to the Man Booker Prize for […]

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Where do you write?Margaret McCaffrey  –  May 4 2017‘Keep the drama on the page,’ says Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way. She means make your work dramatic, not your life.In drafts of my writing I see I have a series of themes […]

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Where do you write?Margaret McCaffrey  –  May 4 2017In September Elwood Writers recorded our Fathers’ Day stories for Vision Radio Australia (VAR).I accompanied Barry to the studio for his reading of ‘Phase’, a story about a young man whose relationship with […]

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The Writing GroupMargaret McCaffrey  –  October 22 2017It is said that you can’t teach writing. Maybe not. But writers, I believe, can sure help themselves.Since 2008 I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of Elwood Writers (EW), a group that […]

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Finding your Writing VoiceMargaret McCaffrey  –  May 4 2017Miles Davis once said: “You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” For me this is true in writing. It has taken me a long time to […]

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My memoir teacher once asked me why I didn’t write about myself. Put more of myself into the memoir. “You know,” she said. “Use the “I” word.” Who me? I thought. Put the ‘me’ in memoir? Is the Pope Catholic? Did Tom Ford turn Gucci around? I had been writing around the topic of my father, a World War II veteran, for a number of years…

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