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Five Free Websites Guaranteed to Satisfy your Documentary Needs
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Five Free Websites Guaranteed to Satisfy your Documentary Needs

BY Sehba Mohammad

If you're up for a film, but not in the mood for fictitious Hollywood plot twists or an endless television series, there are huge stores of documentaries out...

Seven Writing Exercises to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
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Seven Writing Exercises to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

BY Sehba Mohammad

Writing can be incredibly rewarding. It allows you to create something other people might enjoy, plus the process can be cathartic, unlocking hidden emotions...

The Five Best Artist Websites
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The Five Best Artist Websites

BY Sehba Mohammad

For visual artists websites are essential not only because they are often the first contact a viewer has with an artist's aesthetic but because the line...

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