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.
Here's to the sweet sights, sounds, and smells of summer -- and a happy balance of relaxed and productive days ahead! These tips can help you maintain momentum with your writing practice over the next few months. 1. Take a self-paced journey to a more mindful, artful writing practice The Story Course, designed by fiction… Continue reading 5 ways to woo your literary muse this summer
Happy Friday, Writers! I hope it's been a good week for all of you. It's been an exciting week here at CNF Outliers HQ. CNF Outlier E-course Update The summer session of my CNF e-course sold out within 24 hours when registration opened on Wednesday. If you've been thinking of jumping in this session, don't… Continue reading Creative writing e-course updates