the I Write Because project

a creative writing project

Elizabeth Tannen writes because….

I write because, when you go to writers conferences, it’s actually shocking how attractive everyone is. I write because a few years ago I gave up my three-cigarette-a-week smoking habit, and now, how else am I supposed to look cool? I write

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Lori Sublett writes because….

I write to build a bridge between the world and the words that I cannot speak; the ones that stick in my throat, hanging out on the back of my tongue. I write because my eyes are dry, even though

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Niki Smart writes because….

I write because it brings me enormous relief. It’s my creative vent forum.  I write to get things out of my system. I write to unleash the vicious voice inside me, the angry voice, the bitchy voice, the empathetic voice,

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Suzanne Richardson writes because…

I write to feel connected to something greater than myself, to feel less alone—and I do often feel alone, alone in my mind. I write to seek meaning and sometimes destroy it. I write to escape death and I write

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Farah Bagharib-Kaltz writes because….

I write because I live. Not always in the real world, with its undersized paycheques and oversized bills. Not always in my imagination, with possibility for all things impossible. But in that tiniest of cracks in between, where there’s always

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Sheila Burns writes because….

My many offspring are not especially attractive or interesting, some of them are merely clones of one another, others are clearly twisted, or lacking in recognizable features, or stupid and plain. If only I could better parent my little darlings

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Anna Morrison writes because….

I write because rainbows scream for description. I write because I am in the center of all things, yet am invisible. I write because my invisibility extends to my typing fingers, and I become every person, naked, no robe in

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