Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads

For everyone who found this blog by searching for writing workshops, I’m excited to pass on this link:

“Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads.”

September 21-22, 2012 in the Mississippi Delta – in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the blues and good food and more. This workshop is organized by Kathy Rhodes.

Kathy,  Neil White and I are also working on plans for the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction CONFERENCE… March, 2013. So STAY TUNED!



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I Hate Goodbyes

I hate goodbyes. Especially when the hello has been so good. Like communicating with all of you here about the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop, which was over about six weeks ago. Folks have asked if I’ll host another one in 2012, and I’m uncertain at this point, but you can always Google “creative nonfiction workshops” and find one, here or elsewhere, in the future. And watch for the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction CONFERENCE.

So, it’s time to say goodbye to this blog. I’m not going to delete it, because it’s full of great links and hopefully helpful posts…. but I won’t be posting here again.

Please subscribe to my personal blog, “Pen and Palette,” which  often contains posts about writing and art, but also other topics.

THANK SO MUCH to everyone who has read, left comments, or contributed guest posts to this blog. And to all the participants and faculty and staff of the 2011 Memphis CNF Workshop. If you’re here for the firs time and wonder what all this is about, please check out the faculty link and other CNF sites along the right side of the blog for good info about creative nonfiction.



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The Dying of the Brightness

I’m at the beach working on my novel (yes, I also write fiction) this month so my blog posts will probably be short. And sometimes I’ll just post to one blog and link to the post on the other. Like today–please hop over to my personal blog to read Kevin Nance’s profile of Joan Didion in the lastest issue of Poets & Writers:

“The Dying of the Brightness.”

As always, thanks for reading!


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Apples to Apples, Please

Hey, please hop over to the Brevity blog for my guest post today:

“Apples to Apples, Please: Narrative Nonfiction and Empathy.”

Leave a comment… or better still, send a letter to the editors at AARP the Magazine.

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More Didion coming November 1!

Creative Nonfiction writers and fans: check out this article in The Guardian about Joan Didion’s new book, “Blue Nights,” to be released November 1:

“Joan Didion: life after death”

I just pre-ordered Blue Nights to be downloaded to my Kindle while I’m at the beach writing in November. Can’t wait! (for both)

And for more on being personal and transparent in your writing, check out my post over at Pen and Palette today:

“It’s Personal.”

Have a great weekend!

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Changes at Brevity; Dinty Moore at NAMW Telesummit tomorrow

Dinty Moore has just announced some changes over at Brevity:

“Brevity Changes: More Content, More Often.”

Check it out and submit an idea for a book review or craft essay.

Oh, and you might want to tune in for Dinty’s appearance tomorrow at the National Association of Memoir Writers’ telesummit:

“Memoir, Memory and Truth — Friday at the Telesummit!”

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Ned Stuckey-French on the Personal Essay, National Book Awards, The Nobel and the Pulitzer

A MUST READ for all creative non-fiction writers…

Ned Stuckey-French‘s guest blog for Brevity today:

“The Essay as Red-Headed Stepchild.”

Here’s a teaser: (but DO READ THE ENTIRE PIECE!)

“The personal essay should be more than the ‘fourth genre.’ It is literary, possessed of a rich tradition, and full of unique possibilities. It deserves to be studied in literature as well as writing classes. It deserves anthologies that emphasize historical and cultural context, and promote extensive critical interpretation.  It deserves a diverse and expansive canon full of challenging essays that are read by general readers and scholars alike. And it deserves its own category among the major literary awards.”

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