As a biracial writer…I often struggle with how to write about race: my race, my parents’, their families’…
Our Craft column archive, which features an array of guest contributors.
CRAFT: Writing Emotional and Environmental Grief by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
“In many ways, memoir grieves a life that no longer exists.” — Sarah Fawn Montgomery on writing about loss.
CRAFT: How to Leave an Essay by Suzanne Farrell Smith
Deciding when and how to leave an essay is hard. You don’t want to drag on, but you don’t want to “dismount too early.”
CRAFT: Using Physical Comedy to Energize Dark Memoir by Susan Lippincott Mack
In literature, physical comedy may be slapstick or it may use subtle references to body functions….
CRAFT: Big Writing Dreams? Here’s Why You Need to Enter CNF Contests by Nicole Breit
CNF contests are worth submitting to, even if you’re a new writer. In fact, they’re a fantastic place to start.
CRAFT: Pedal and Prose: 3 Writing Tips from the Tour by Stephanie Hunt
In this month’s CRAFT column, Stephanie Hunt shares Tour de France-inspired writing tips.
CRAFT: How to Critique Writing About Trauma in a Safer Way by Yolande House
To avoid unleashing more pain on someone….here are some guidelines I’ve developed for writers giving feedback….
CRAFT: The Hermit Crab Essay: Forming a Humorous Take on Dark Memoir by Susan Mack
Effective use of the hermit crab structure doesn’t have to be limited to standalone essays.
CRAFT: Tell Me Your Stories — Travel Among Friends and Family as a Research Methodology in Narrative Nonfiction by Sarah Einstein
The manuscript I’m working on both is and isn’t travel writing….
CRAFT: Of Fragments and Segments by Heidi Czerwiec
Essays that use a lot of white space are often described as fragmented. But Robert Root uses the term “segmented essay”….