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Creative Nonfiction #62 // Winter 2017

Unexpected brightness in the darkest times.


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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Melanie Brooks // Toi Derricotte // Brian Doyle // Laura Haugen // Leah Kaminsky // Kim Kankiewicz // Rebecca Myers // Jennifer Niesslein // Brendan O' Meara // Angela Palm // Susan Bruns Rowe // Jennifer Sinor


  • "The Joy of Writing"
    Using positive psychology to identify the pleasures of putting words on the page

Quotes from the Issue

We are most likely to find joy when we're fully absorbed in something and, thus, transported beyond the ordinary distractions and discomforts of daily life.
- Lee Gutkind

Show me a writer who was in it purely for the fun, and I'll show you twenty pages of an unfinished manuscript.
- Jennifer Niesslein

Shaping the story is one of the things that will keep you alive.
- Mark Doty