Emily Hiestand is a poet and a visual artist as well as a magical essayist. A lot of what she talked about can be summarized as thinking like an artist while writing about true things. One of her suggestions was to take a poetry workshop or an art class, not to become a poet or visual artist, but just to learn how to see the world through an artist’s eyes.

One of the most valuable things I got from this session was to move that knowledge from the damp basement of my brain up closer to where the action is—the living room of my brain, maybe. The most valuable thing I learned, though, was how to bring the subject or feeling of your article into the language of your article. —Madeline Bodin, a freelance science writer.

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