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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.

Back in the Swing of Things

Back in the Swing of Things

“The way to rock oneself back into writing is this. First gentle exercise in the air. Second the reading of good literature. It is a mistake to think that literature can be produced from the raw. One must get out of life...one must become externalised; very, very...

Constraint and Wildness

"My trouble seems to be to bring together in me the Puritanical iron hand of constraint and the gushes of pure wildness. One can't survive or write without both but they need to come to terms. Rather narrow walking." - Robert Lowell in a letter to Elizabeth Bishop,...