Category Archive: Writing Types

Mar 06

Women’s History Month: Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.
In New York, Hansberry attended the New School for Social Research and then worked for Paul Robeson’s progressive black newspaper, Freedom, as a writer and associate editor from 1950 to 1953. She also worked part-time as a waitress and cashier, and wrote in her spare time. By 1956, Hansberry quit her jobs and committed her time to writing. In 1957, she joined the Daughters of Bilitis and contributed letters to their magazine, The Ladder, about feminism and homophobia. Her lesbian identity was exposed in the articles, but she wrote under her initials, L.H., for fear of discrimination.
During this time, Hansberry wrote The Crystal Stair, a play about a struggling black family in Chicago, which was later renamed A Raisin in the Sun, a line from a Langston Hughes poem. The play opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959, and was a great success, having a run of 530 performances. It was the first play produced on Broadway by an African-American woman, and Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. The film version of A Raisin in the Sun was completed in 1961, starring Sidney Poitier, and received an award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1963, Hansberry became active in the Civil Rights Movement. Along with other influential people, including Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne and James Baldwin, Hansberry met with then attorney general Robert Kennedy to test his position on civil rights. In 1963, her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, opened on Broadway to unenthusiastic reception


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Aug 26

Tribute to Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson


Tonight, August 26, 2013, renowned Broadway actors will perform the 1st live recording of all ten plays of the Pittsburgh Cycle of plays by August Wilson. Each play will be read and recorded in order over the next few weeks.

For more details about this great tribute and the full schedule click here.

August Wilson was born as Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in Pittsburgh in 1945. In 1965, after his father died, he decided to change his name to August Wilson to honor his mother. During his life Wilson had many jobs, including: chef for the Little Brothers of the Poor, writing educational scripts for the Science Museum of Minnesota, even as a porter and and a gardener when money was tight.

Wilson was an American playwright and his crowning achievement The Pittsburgh Cycle (that includes a series of ten plays) was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. This 10-play cycle depicts 100 years of African-American life. Divided into each of the decades, these plays explore African-American life throughout the 20th century:

august_wilsonGem of the Ocean (2003) – 1900s

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988) – 1910s

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984) – 1920s

The Piano Lesson (1990) – 1930s

Seven Guitars (1995) – 1940s

Fences (1987) – 1950s

Two Trains Running (1991) – 1960s

Jitney (1982) – 1970s

King Hedley II (1999) – 1980s

Radio Golf (2005) – 1990s

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Feb 28

Empathy or Sympathy?

Question PersonEmpathy and sympathy are similar, but not the same. When to use which word depends on the context.

*empathy* means the ability to better understand a person’s or point of view because you yourself have experienced something similar.

*sympathy* means feeling compassion for another’s person’s feelings or point of view although you have probably not been in the same situation or same place.

According to, you feel empathy when you’ve “been there”, and you feel “sympathy” when you haven’t “been there” (literally or figuratively).

If you need help with confusing word pairs, the awesome writers and editors at Writing It Right For You can emphasize! We’ve been there! We can also sympathize and we’re ready to work with you!

What word pairs confuse you? Let us know in the comments section!


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Feb 27

The English Language is So Much Fun! (Or is it…)

I found this graphic on my Facebook Page (posted by “Grammarly”) and I just HAD to share it with you!

What English words drive YOU crazy? Let us know in the comments section.

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Nov 01

NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 1






What is my favorite part about writing?

That is the writing prompt for the first day of National Blog Posting Month: NaBloPoMo, as it is affectionately called. The task is to publish a post every day of the month. This is one of my writing goals for this month.

So, what IS my favorite part about writing? It is hard to choose: the beginning, the middle, the ending? It is hard to decide, but when I think about it, my favorite part is right after I actually start the writing. Writers, like athletes, often get “into the zone” after the starting gun. Sometimes, it’s hard to get going; sometimes there is a lot of preparation research and planning to complete before the actual writing begins. But once the actual writing starts, the words begin to flow.

That is my favorite part of writing: when I’m “in the zone”. In my business, I do all kinds of academic and business writing and editing. I love all of the different writing and editing projects I do and my job is very interesting because I write and edit so many different topics and issues. But no matter what type of personal or professional writing I do, my favorite part is when I’m “in the zone”.

This Day #1 of NaBloPoMo is cross-posted on my page at

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