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    True Story, Issue #19

    "Cruel & Inhuman Treatment" by Carolyn Edgar

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #19: “Don’t marry a man like your father,” Carolyn Edgar’s mother warned her. But the impact of a family history of domestic violence proves almost as profound as the head-shaped dent in a wall of the author’s childhood home.

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    Issue 67 Summer 2018

    Starting Over

    Creative Nonfiction #67, “Starting Over,” is dedicated to the proposition that we are all—always—works in progress. In nine new essays, writers come to terms with fate, test the limits of resilience, flirt with disaster, fall down, and get back up again … like it or not.

    Plus, encouraging vulnerability in the creative writing classroom; Patricia Hampl explores the “essay mind”; coming to terms with chronic illness; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #18

    "Search Party" by Stewart Lawrence Sinclair

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #18: One sunny July morning, a grandmother steps off her front stoop and vanishes into Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. A young transplant to the neighborhood joins the search for the disoriented octogenarian—past pizzerias and halal butchers, Chinese pastry shops and churches—and considers the meaning of community.

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    Issue 65 Science & Religion

    Fall 2017

    Creative Nonfiction #65 is dedicated to discovering unexplored harmonies between science and religion. Whether considering the spiritual potential of Google search, talking to high school biology teachers in central Pennsylvania, studying the Mormon cosmos, or forging a career path that passes through both the seminary and the science lab, the writers in this issue seek a nuanced view of the world that demands both wisdom and wonder.

    Plus, an encounter with Marilynne Robinson; the challenges of writing about religious experience without using the word God; a survey of spiritual writing, from St. Augustine to St. Joan (Didion); tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #17

    "Unmolested" by Michael Lowenthal

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #17: In the wake of a sex-abuse scandal at an all-boys’ summer camp, an openly gay alum returns as a “guest-star counselor.” But then, he finds himself not only a role model but also the object of an adolescent camper’s crush.

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    Issue 63 How We Teach

    Spring 2017

    Our spring issue, Creative Nonfiction #63: “How We Teach,” reaches far beyond the traditional classroom. Contributors travel to the kitchen, to rehab centers, to the dentist’s office, and as far as Saudi Arabia in these stories about making a meaningful impact.

    Plus, immersion artist Ted Conover on the importance of talking with people on the other side of the political divide; Sheryl St. Germain’s argument for broadening the scope of the creative writing MFA; teaching writing in twenty minutes a day; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #16

    "A Dirge for the Doubly Dead" by Fritz Swanson

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #16: The birth-to-death saga of one Jacob Crouch unfolds against a remarkable period in American history. As the railway stretches ever westward and the advent of electricity resets internal clocks, a patriarch farmer and his children amass—and tragically lose—a fortune.

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    Issue 62 Joy

    Winter 2017

    This issue captures elusive, unexpected moments of joy. Whether trying to make the most of an audience with the Dalai Lama, worrying about an eighth-grade Dinner Dance, or straining to see the stars in the night sky, contributors find themselves transported beyond distractions, discomforts, and disasters. We also explore the joys of the writing life, from the feel of the perfect pen to the satisfactions of changing readers’ minds.

    Plus, writing through grief; tips for having more fun at the writing desk; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #15

    "This Is My Oldest Story" by Emily Brisse

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #15 Emily Brisse was just eight years old when eleven-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted from their small Minnesota town. Haunted by the long-unsolved mystery of the boy’s disappearance, Emily tries to make sense of a terrible story that isn’t really hers to tell—but that also shaped her entire life.

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