Claiming your passion

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How Claiming My Passion Transformed My Writing Career

After reclaiming her passion for playing piano, this writer’s fear of submitting essays for publication diminished and her writing career began to blossom. »

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Claiming Your Passion with a Slow Embrace

After her workshop, Claiming Your Passion . . . Despite a Hearing Loss, Nancy M. Williams reflects on reasons to jump into your passion or ease in slowly. »

Deserting the Piano

Deserting the Piano: A Personal Essay

The author imagines a piano in her home as a sulking, poisonous guest. Although the piano used to be her passion, she has not touched the keys in 25 years. »

Classical Piano Music in a Brownstone

Classical Piano Music in a Brownstone

Spending New Year's Eve in Manhattan brings the author's thoughts back to classical piano music and the true reasons why she had deserted it in her youth. »

How piano lessons enriched this writer's life.

How Adult Piano Lessons Enriched My Writing Life

Returning to adult piano lessons after a 25-year hiatus from the piano becomes the fodder for Nancy M. Williams's intensive writing residency and memoir. »