"Emergent writers need to keep asking themselves: what can I eliminate, what can I expand, what can I rework to get to the heartbeat of my story. Writing creative nonfiction is, after all, heart work." Today I'll be wrapping up my series of interviews on truthtelling and CNF with CNF Outlier alumna, Karen Zey.… Continue reading Getting to the truth of our stories: A conversation with Karen Zey
"The world is not an easy place, and sometimes it is scary, and in order for stories to have staying power, they must be true enough to reflect that complexity and darkness, out there and in ourselves." Isaac Yuen is a prolific writer of short stories and personal essays that explore nature, culture, and identity. His… Continue reading Truth, myth, metaphor: A conversation with Isaac Yuen
Yesterday I learned my lyric essay, "An Atmospheric Pressure" (winner of Room magazine's 2016 CNF contest) was selected as a Notable Essay by the good people at the Best American Essays series. It's such an honour for my name to appear on this year's Notable list among so many writers I admire including Randon Billings… Continue reading Exciting and unexpected: Best American Essays Notable List
"Go to that place that frightens you the most and hang out there for a bit. Get really uncomfortable and write from that place... Kill the vampire right at the beginning. Then keep writing." Chelene Knight is the author of a book of poetry, Braided Skin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015) and Dear Current Occupant,… Continue reading Truthtelling, technique & trolls: A Conversation with Chelene Knight
"You take any dictator in the world and if you actually met them, like Idi Amin or Khadafi or whatever, you would think, 'There is insanity there,' but it all locks down to a real person who grew up, who had a childhood, who went to school. That’s what I wanted to do with my… Continue reading Let’s get to the truth
“As a fiction writer, this course saved me years of experimentation. My knowledge and practice with CNF outlier forms grew exponentially each week with the support of comments on my work that I could actually use. Nicole is a gifted teacher, writer. She is a life long learner. I never thought writing could be fun… Continue reading CNF Outliers: next session starts September 18!
"You can be a drunk, you can be a survivor of abuse, you can be an ex-con, you can be a homeless person, you can lose all your money or your job or your husband or your wife, or the worst thing of all, a child. You can even lose your marbles. You can be… Continue reading Your rare phenomenal gift, Writer. Making order out of chaos. Transforming experience into art.