It’s been a minute… but I just wanted to take another opportunity to thank the editors at matchbook lit mag for nominating my story (“Understory”) for both a Pushcart Prize and for the Best Small Fictions 2019 anthology! Working with Brian Mihok and R.B. Pillay was a wonderful experience. Be sure to keep an eye on matchbook for exceptionally curated work.
I'll be teaching another summer course for The Loft Literary Center in August. Here are the details:
Experimental CNF Boot Camp
"Creative nonfiction appears in many shapes, from traditional narratives to experimental forms. The 'hermit crab' essay uses a pre-defined form to create something new. The 'braided' essay weaves multiple threads to reach an emotional truth.
This class encourages students to tell their stories in unexpected ways. Writers will examine and discuss texts demonstrating these 'shapes' and experiment with techniques to bring their stories to life, enliven imagery, and get to the heart of nonfiction. All texts will be available online. Discussions and prompts will help students generate new work.
The teaching artist will also provide private feedback, if requested, and recommend where to submit finished pieces. All students will expand their portfolios and leave this course with unique and exciting work." Sign up here.
Some readers may know that I've been the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Atticus Review for a while now. Reading submissions and helping writers craft their work has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I believe in lifting up voices and doing what I can to help talented writers. This process has helped me become a better writer as well.
Now, I'm handing over my CNF role and moving into the Managing Editor position at AR. We have a lot of big ideas and changes in the works. It's an exciting time to be part of the indie lit community.
I also teach several writing courses throughout the year. This month, I'm teaching an online course called "Finding the Right Form: Exploring & Shaping CNF." I love teaching experimental forms and helping writers discover new ways to shape their work. There are a few spots left if you want to join us. (Class starts 9/27.)
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
Until recently, when people asked me where they could find my work, I usually whispered: the internet (insert dramatic hand waving here). As an editor as well as a writer, I should know better. When I accept a piece for the lit mag I help edit, it's because I believe in it and I want to share that author's work far and wide. I ask each author if they have a website and/or if they use any social media. I'm always surprised to hear when an author answers "none of the above."
Look, I get it. Social media can be rough. But it can also be a wonderful way to connect with a community. I love "literary Twitter." I've discovered new writers. I've found opportunities. I've seen countless videos of adorable pugs.
What I'm trying to say is that it might be worth it all.
Even so, social media is only one option. It's nice to have a landing site for your work. This site might not be completely comprehensive yet (so maybe the title of this post is a little too optimistic) but I'll try to keep it updated.
Outside of the organizational aspect, I'm more excited to have created another option to connect with readers and writers. We're an enthusiastic and quirky bunch.
Have a look around and drop me a line either through the contact form or on Twitter. Thanks for being here.