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True Empathy or Understanding Is Rare

A conversation with Judith Barrington
Writing becomes a safe space for difficult memories. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Childhood" essay contest!

What's the Story #60

From the Editor
The good, the bad, and the biting truth: the writing in this issue is what creative nonfiction is all about.

Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers

Required Reading
Fifteen contemporary writers of creative nonfiction discuss the nonfiction books they remember best from childhood and which influenced them as writers.

I Survived the Blizzard of ’79

Essay
As the snow falls ever heavier and the temperature drops ever lower in the author's hometown, she ventures out into a world of white.

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

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