About The Scrawl

Minnesota duo Barry Hess and Nathan Melcher founded Scrawlers in 2006, inspired by a mutual interest to combine the creative arts with web innovation. The Scrawl is fuel for your creative fire. Regular features include:

First Thing Monday – We offer weekly original writing prompts with the hope you can kick off your week with some creative writing First Thing Monday.

A Closer Look – We enjoy recommending great films, novels, short stories, and other creative material with a bit of analysis to go along with it. We’ll share what we like, why we like it, and what we think you can get out of it.

Writing and Reading – “Writers Read. Writers Write.” We explore the challenges, rewards, and tactics to becoming a close reader for both pleasure and academic purposes and offer thoughts on the how/when/why of creative and academic writing including embracing constraints and the drafting, workshop, and submission processes.

Classroom – Together we’ll build better teaching, presenting, and workshopping skills for the classroom and we’ll write about some of our favorite lesson plans and assignments.

Performance – We write about improv comedy performance, teaching, festivals and theory, as well as theater producing and performance and the joy of playing the ukulele.

Inspiration – We lift up innovative technology, social media, presentation style, web development, and reading and writing to better inspire creativity. We hope you’ll share your resources with us in return.

We will never sell your information or email address to anyone, period.

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Barry Hess & Nate Melcher

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