• A New Place for CNF Online: Longridge Review

    Five years ago, with the prompt and inspiration of my friend Jason Keeling, I started a project called Essays on Childhood.

    What happened next far exceeded my expectations.

    The first call for “Essays on a West Virginia Childhood” led to subsequent calls for submission and new essays on place, wild things, male experience, and reflections on memory and loss.

    Something bigger than a one-time, one-angle exploration was born.

    When I began my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) studies in Creative Nonfiction, I started to explore literary journals and the publishing opportunities they offer. Today’s online publishing can outpace printed work in terms of benefits to writers: social media sharing is fast, inclusion in the literary/writing community eases isolation, and networking opportunities for professional work can spread far and wide.

    I wanted to offer more than a call to a project or an idea. I wanted to offer a place where the impetus behind Essays on Childhood could grow and cultivate the best execution around the idea of a “bridge” between our younger and older selves.

    Today, it is my great pleasure to introduce Longridge Review.

    Our mission is to present the finest essays on the mysteries of childhood experience, the wonder of adult reflection, and how the two connect over a lifespan.

    We are committed to publishing narratives steeped in reverence for childhood perceptions, but we seek essays that stretch beyond the clichés of childhood as simple, angelic, or easy. We feature writing that layers the events of the writer’s early years with learning or wisdom accumulated in adult life.

    We welcome diverse creative nonfiction pieces that depict revealing moments about the human condition.

    Please visit our website, share the opportunities, and consider sending us your writing.

    We look forward to reading your work!

    Founder and Editor: Elizabeth Gaucher, Middlebury, edg@longridgeeditors.com

    Contributing Editors: Laurel Gladden, Sante Fe, and Beth Newman, Asheville

    Creative Advisor and Muse: Suzanne Farrell Smith, NYC

  • I’m Sorry You Scare Me

    Elizabeth Gaucher:

    It’s an honor to have some work up over at BREVITY today, thinking about the highs and lows of literary intimacy. I hope you’ll give it a read. Thank you!

    Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:

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    For those on our email list, an unfinished version of this post went out yesterday, our fault, not the author’s! Please enjoy the full version.

    A guest post from Elizabeth Gaucher:

    “I think I have to apologize for something,” the message from my longtime friend read. “At first I thought I need to apologize for not reading your latest published piece, but I think I have to apologize for or admit to something deeper.”

    I felt my brows rise. This was coming from one of my oldest and dearest friends, someone who is also a writer, and it felt like a warning flare. I took a deep breath and read on into the mysterious sin. She had in fact finally read my column about the writing life for an online nonfiction journal. She was really moved by it. She apologized for not reading it sooner, admitting she wasn’t…

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