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Write What You Don't Know

From our very first endeavors in creative writing, we’re told to write what we know. As nonfiction writers, we’re proud of our...

The Essayist in Search of the Essay

At the beginning of the fall semester, my department chair sent an e-mail inviting faculty members to sign up for a date to visit her...

The Correctors

To a copyeditor, mistakes are everything. How many professions are devoted exclusively to finding and eliminating human error? It’s...

What's the Story #54

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” —Czeslaw Milosz I am hoping that readers who...

Sensualiterature

One of the things that we do not talk about when we talk about writing is the sound and scent and sensuality of it, the scratching and...

Salvage, Salvation, Salve

For a long time, I felt like a victim of my own body. Struck by a debilitating case of chronic fatigue syndrome when I was just twenty, I...

Mistakes in Ghost-Like Markings

Arizona native Kelly Blevins, whose work is featured in Issue #53, is a two-dimensional artist currently living and working in Pittsburgh,...

Letting Go of Shame

Suzanne Roberts is the winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 “Mistakes” essay contest. Her prize-winning essay, selected...

"Platforms" Are Overrated

Any author starting out today is likely to hear the same advice from agents, publishers, and even well-meaning writer friends. That advice...

What's the Story #53

Last spring, we decided to try an experiment: we came up with a long list of possible topics, which we thought would be rich prompts for...

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