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Lee Kofman

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Kemerovo, Russian Federation
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Lee Kofman is the author of five books, including creative nonfiction works Imperfect (2019, Ventura Press) and The Dangerous Bride (2014, Melbourne University Press), editor of Split: True stories of leaving, loss & new beginnings (2019, Ventura Press), an anthology of personal essays and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (2016, Ventura Press), an anthology of prominent Australian memoirists. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, Malahat Review and Creative Nonfiction. . Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014.
Lee has been mentoring writers and teaching creative writing courses for more than
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Lee Kofman Because I often either experience or afraid of experiencing writer's block, over the years I collected many strategies to combat it. My favorite ones …moreBecause I often either experience or afraid of experiencing writer's block, over the years I collected many strategies to combat it. My favorite ones are:
- self-talk where I remind myself that writing has always been difficult for me but that this doesn't mean I can't write publisheable works
- giving myself license to write rubbish, reminding myself that I enjoy re-drafting more than writing first drafts and that rubbish can be turned into something worthwhile via revision.
- identifying what underlies the block, what kind of fear, and then writing around that fear.(less)
Lee Kofman I get to go to cafes, which is where I love writing. Plus, in my work I process many of my own experiences, and thus save a lot of money I would have …moreI get to go to cafes, which is where I love writing. Plus, in my work I process many of my own experiences, and thus save a lot of money I would have otherwise spent in therapy… More seriously, writing serves for me the same functions that religion serves for many. It helps me to understand better the world around me and through writing I try to better myself.(less)
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How music can help writers: A guest post by Indigo Perry

Before I wrote my second memoir Darkfall, I didn’t think I’d ever write much
about my adolescence in a country town in the eighties. My memories from that
time were painful to think about. They included intense episodes of …

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Hanif Kureishi
“Literature is concerned with the self-conscious exploration of the lives of men, women and children in society. Even when it is comic, it sees life as something worth talking about. This is why airport fiction, or ‘blockbusters’, books which are all plot, can never be considered literature, and why, in the end, they are of little value. It is not only that the language in which they are written lacks bounce and poignancy, but that they don’t return the reader to the multifariousness and complication of existence… In literature personality is all, and the exploration of character – or portraiture, the human subject – is central to it.”
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Ovid
“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
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weaves from the world's beginning to our day.”
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“The Empty Door

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At the empty door,
Enter the atrium,
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And in the grand salon,
Where the threads of life,
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Fray in the dying light,
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Lee Kofman Hunter wrote: "You've got great taste, Lee, and I'm honored to make your connection. ;)"

Thank you, dear Hunter, it's lovely to connect.


Hunter Murphy You've got great taste, Lee, and I'm honored to make your connection. ;)


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