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Spooky Forest

MOTHERHOOD IS FOR THE BIRDS

Tune into Nadine Kenney Johnstone's podcast Heart of the Story for Motherhood is for the Birds, a personal essay about the mothering habits of birds and the concerns of a would-be mother on the autism spectrum. 

Markers

SAME MEMOIR DIFFERENT PLANET

In Never Say You Can’t Survive, Nebula- and Locus-award-winning science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders blends memoir, anecdote, and expert writing advice into a how-to guide for writers on using creativity to get through hard times.

P.J. Powell and Nat Lockett interviewed Anders for the Brevity blog, exploring how memoirists can use a sci-fi master’s writing tools to convey defining moments of their past.

Dry Roses and Diary

CREATIVE EXORCISM FOR THE SELF-POSSESSED WRITER

Whether I’m writing fiction or nonfiction, every piece begins the same: with a haunting. It grows as any respectable haunting should, first with creaking footsteps in the other room, the sense something is watching, until there’s a full-blown apparition standing beside the bed whispering, “You need to write this down.”

Brush

RURAL IN THE CITY

“At best, it’s a funny story, but I can’t see how it ends and I don’t want to find out.” A personal essay where taking matters into one’s own hands leads to motley results…