Making Your Story Matter

Today, I led a breakout session on idea development at the Creative Nonfiction / Heinz Foundation workshop “Making Your Story Matter,” designed to help non-profit organizations brainstorm the kinds of stories they might want to tell. Below are links to several sample non-profit stories from that I think are successful; for each, I’ve identified the … Continue reading Making Your Story Matter

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Bonnie’s Birth Story

It’s taken me a little while to sit down and write this out. Mostly because of the business of new motherhood, of course, but probably also partly because I’m still processing the experience, and still struggling with some of its fallout. The short version of the story is, the birth of my daughter didn’t look at all like I thought it would.

Digital Personality

I've just wrapped the second week of the Fall 2017 teaching semester, and I'm still in the warm glow of new students, new classes, new ideas. My Writing for Digital Media students had to complete and hand in questionnaires about their digital media habits, and I thought it was only fair I play along and … Continue reading Digital Personality

List 4: Troubled Cells and Good Medicine

Week 4/ List 4:  List the soundtrack of your life right now. About a month ago, my husband and I were talking about protest music; aware that we're on the verge of a massive social and political sea change, he wondered what kind of new music would emerge from the chaos and turmoil. Then came … Continue reading List 4: Troubled Cells and Good Medicine

List 3: Midnight Radio, or, Joy as an Act of Resistance

This post is part of a series inspired by the 52 lists project journal; read more about my intention and approach in the original post here. Week 3 / List 3: List the happiest moments of your life so far. This week, I'm not actually going to include my entire list in the post (sorry!) because, in … Continue reading List 3: Midnight Radio, or, Joy as an Act of Resistance

List 2: Boss Witches

This post is part of a series inspired by the 52 lists project journal; read more about my intention and approach in the original post here. Week 2 / List 2: List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc. This is the prompt that inspired me to buy this journal. I've been a voracious reader my … Continue reading List 2: Boss Witches