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How to Write a Great Talk: Murder Your Darlings

Writing teachers commonly use the phrase “kill your darlings” to describe the editing process. But, most don’t even realize it comes from prolific British author Arthur Quiller-Couch, who offered an even more extensive guideline for editing in his 1914 lecture on style: “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—wholeheartedly—and delete […] continue reading

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Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Will Ferrell USC Commencement

Commencement season is upon us. You know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. And we’re watching the videos. There have been lots of great commencement speeches so far this year. However, there was one speech, in particular, that’s become […] continue reading

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4 Ways Abby Wambach Used Personal Stories for a Remarkable Address

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Photo Credit: Barnard College, Abby Wambach: Barnard Commencement 2018 When U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Abby Wambach does something remarkable, she usually does it with her feet or her head. During Wambach’s tenure in international soccer, she set the record for scoring the most goals of any man or woman in the history of the sport (184), […] continue reading

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Grant Writing 101: How to Secure Funding For Your Big Idea

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So, you’re a creative person with a big idea. You’ve fleshed out your new program, dreamed up a performance, or crafted a community class. But you’re missing one crucial detail. You can’t make your idea come to life without financial support. As a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker currently beginning a new creative process in New […] continue reading

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