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My New Monthly Column

My New Monthly Column

I've just started a monthly "Craft Club" column for the Catapult community page in which I'm interviewing a diverse set of a contemporary writers about the craft choices they made while working on a single short story, essay, or poem. Each of the pieces we...

Growing Your Memoir: Free Online Workshop

Growing Your Memoir: Free Online Workshop

Please join me on Sunday, October 27th from 2-3:30 pm central time for a free 90-minute workshop on writing memoir. I’ll share some of the tips that helped me get my first draft onto paper, as well as suggestions for refining your draft and finding the heart of your...

Research as Creative Process

Research as Creative Process

I'm excited to be speaking at Rice University at 4 pm on Friday, November 8. I'll be talking about the two months I spent with Pentecostal communities in Southern Nigeria, and how, for me, research is often a portal for going deeper in personal narratives. The event...

Scenes: The Building Blocks of Memoir

Scenes: The Building Blocks of Memoir

Know anyone in Yoakum, TX? If so, please send them my way. I'll be there on Saturday morning, October 5th, giving a free presentation on how to write vivid scenes. This is sponsored by the Texas Writes program - a great initiative through the Writers' League of Texas...

Memoir 101: Online Workshop in January

Memoir 101: Online Workshop in January

I'm excited to teach a six-week memoir workshop for Catapult starting on January 7th. If you sign up, you'll come out of the class with: - A community of peers embarking on similar projects - Thoughtful feedback from the instructor and your peers on two excerpts from...

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

Ruminate magazine invited me to judge the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize this year, and I can't wait to read the submissions. The deadline is November 15, 2018, and the grand prize is $1500 and publication. More info is available here.