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… Read More A New Place for CNF Online: Longridge Review
The new online literary publication, Longridge Review, is coming together! LR will be somewhat similar to Essays on Childhood, but more formal. We will have a reading period, an editorial review of submissions for potential publication, and an accept or decline response system. In addition to Creative Nonfiction Essays, we will feature occasional guest columns on craft and… Read More A Mission Sneak Peek: Your Thoughts Needed!
Recently I’ve had several people approach me about my essay writing process. I enjoy thinking about the craft of writing, so it was simple for me to jot down a few bullet points to share by e-mail. Because I wanted to respond to the questions right away, I wrote the following thoughts quickly. Later, when… Read More “How Do You Write An Essay?”
I have very specific memories of the first time I ever saw certain people. It’s an odd phenomenon in that I don’t know any reason when I first lay eyes on these folks why the memory instantly becomes fixed. In each case, however, such people become important to my life. My husband is one of… Read More Writing My Way Home: Silas, Swago, and The Farm Dogs
vignette (vɪˈnjɛt) – n. 1. a small illustration placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter 2. a short graceful literary essay or sketch I’m in good company having been rejected by Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction (see “Wooing Brevity”); nonetheless, I dream of joining that other, smaller party —… Read More West Virginia in Sunlight and Shadow: Writing an American Vignette
I learned the Fine Art of Catching a Firefly when I was a child. I think it was the best way because I was at my most intuitive about magic. I would see their luminous nearly green yellow liquid light and shriek with delight, sometimes on the outside, but just as often on the inside.… Read More The Fine Art of Catching a Firefly
This week I am sharing some of my favorite excerpts from contributing writers’ work for the Essays on Childhood project. Contributors range from experienced professional writers to first-time essayists. TODAY is the LAST DAY to jump on board in 2013! Click here to find out how to join us this year: http://essaysonchildhood.com/contact-the-project/ * Something has broken in me.… Read More Imbrogno, McClain, Barnhill – oh, and last call!