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May 2016

Apply for Off-site Workshops

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Deadlines for our fall writing workshops in Mississippi, Kentucky, Washington state, and Massachusetts are fast approaching.

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Writing Tips from Mary Nilsen

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From finding fresh metaphors to creating power verbs and strong sentences, learn how to make your writing more original and effective.

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Welcome Stina!

The Collegeville Institute welcomes Stina Kielsmeier-Cook this month as our new Digital Communications Specialist. Stina participated in the summer 2014 writing workshop, Deepening Words: Writing and the Spiritual Life—A Week with Lauren Winner.

Find out more about Stina on our staff page »
Farewell to 2015-16
Resident Scholars

Each year, scholars, clergy, church leaders, thinkers, artists, and writers from around the world join us as Resident Scholars. This year's group researched a wide array of topics—from the enduring significance of Vatican II to the role of widows in the Bible. 

Explore presentations from this year's scholars »

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Finding Fresh Metaphors: May Writing Series, Part Four

by Mary Nilsen

If you notice what you notice, and write deeply and honestly, you can create an authentic, fresh linkage of image to abstraction—a fresh metaphor.

Metaphor—How Images Shape our Thought: May Writing Series, Part Three

by Mary Nilsen

For writers desiring to affect readers, the tool most likely to work is metaphor.

Increasing the Strength of Your Sentences: May Writing Series, Part Two

by Mary Nilsen

Sentence Power: A careful choice of sentence form can dramatically improve your prose, enhancing the energy of any subject.

Turning up the Dial on Your Verbs: May Writing Series, Part One

by Mary Nilsen

If your goal is to energetically engage your readers, to grab them by the lapel and say, “Wake up!” “Take note!” “You need this information!” or to touch their hearts, then pay attention to the verbs you use.

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