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The Marrying Kind

Essay
Married for twenty years, happily divorced for six, the author vowed never to wed again—except in the role of officiant.

New and Upcoming Workshops

Join us for one or more of four exciting new workshops from June through September more

Stories That Must Be Told

Introduction
"Inside these pages, you will meet 20 people who are living with mental illness. Be prepared to recognize yourself."

Writing Away the Stigma

From the Editor
"I believe that one of the most important tools we have for combating the stigma of mental illness—by fostering empathy and understanding and helping people appreciate others’ experiences more fully and compassionately—is telling true stories."

Beyond "Crazy": 20 True Stories of Living with Mental Illness

Now available from In Fact Books: Show Me All Your Scars more

Afterlife

Writer at Work
New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox has the last word

The Pit and the Page

"I can’t think about my mother, who is dying slowly and furiously. My grief is an unpacked box of sharp pieces stacked in a dark storeroom; I lug around a catalog of unfinished business."

Success Is Part Talent & Part Perseverance

An interview with Maggie Messitt
"My process between 'note draft' and first draft is fast. What follows? Revision. Re-envisioning. Additional research. And likely some more revision. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat."

Finding the Balance Between Perfectionism & Pragmatism

An interview with Lise Funderburg
"No one's life operates in a vacuum, and to try to write dimensionally requires an understanding of context."

Rejection Comes to Everyone

An interview with Geeta Kothari
"I kept tinkering and rearranging the collection and taking stories out and putting new ones in. I could have done that forever, imagining some perfect combination that would make the book rejection-proof."

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