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October 1, 2019 - L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 1 Week
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Text Provided

  

October 3, 2019 - MFA03 Writing the Memoir Essay

Course Description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers. This workshop is part of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking MFA01 first, either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore
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October 3, 2019 - MFA164 Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler)
Course Description: Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler).
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 10, 2019 - MFA220 Editing and Polishing
Course Description: Punctuation is power. For writers, there are two good style choices: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers published by the modern language Association and The Chicago Manual of Style. Either of these will serve you well, but you must find one or the other and look through it with some attention.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs
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October 10, 2019 - MFA253 What Protagonists Want
Course Description: Everyone—real and fictional has a goal. What your protagonist wants dictates how she reacts to everything that happens to her. In stories, all other considerations bend to the protagonist's external and internal goals. This course shows how to put this into practice. (This is the 3rd of 12 independent MFA courses using Wired for Story.)
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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October 15, 2019 - L302 Middlemarch
Course Description: Students read George Elliot's Middlemarch, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Middlemarch by George Eliot
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October 17, 2019 - MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay
Course Description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists and nonfiction writers. This workshop is part of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking MFA01 first, either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore.
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October 17, 2019 - MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 22, 2019 - L233 Chekhov Short Stories (Form and Setting)
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Text Provided

 


October 24, 2019 - MFA 231 Art & Artifice
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more .
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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October 24, 2019 - MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues
Course Description: New material is crafted first and foremost with an eye toward how it will fit into what's already there, because our unconscious allegiance is to what we've already written, rather than to the story itself. Outlining can be an intuitive, creative, and inspiring process, often surprisingly shorter than you might think.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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October 29, 2019 - L310 The Moons of Jupiter - Alice Munro
Course Description: Students read The Moons of Jupiter short story collection by Alice Munro along with provided material. Students will participate in weekly topic discussions, write short response papers and submit a final writing project (based on their weekly response papers and discussions). Course credits may be applied to MFA Literature requirements, or Theory and Criticism requirements for WVU's 3-Year Fiction MFA.
Course Length: 6 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
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October 31, 2019 - MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry
Course Description: Flash Fiction Prose Poetry, and Men Jumping Out of Windows – Kim Chinquee.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 31, 2019 - L306 Swann's Way - Proust
Course Description: Students read Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust.
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October 31, 2019 - MFA05 The Contemplative Essay
Course Description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists and nonfiction writers. This workshop is part of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking MFA01 first, either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore.
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November 5, 2019 - L315 Midnight's Children - Rushdie
Course Description: Students read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
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November 7, 2019 - MFA232 Backstory
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 14-part series (MFA231 - MFA244) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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November 7, 2019 - MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics
Course Description: Learn how to make generalities specific. Abstract concepts, generalities, and conceptual notions have a hard time engaging us. Because we can't see them, feel them, or otherwise experience them we tend to find abstract concepts boring. This course will help bring your stories to life.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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November 12, 2019 - L311 W. W. Jacobs Short Stories
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 1 Week
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 

November 14, 2019 - MFA356: Shaping Forms
Course Description: MFA356, Shaping Forms, is the second in a series of 2 courses that introduces traditional poetic forms. This course includes Blank Verse, Heroic Couplet, the Elegy, the Pastoral, the Ode, and Open Forms, and a two-week workshop. Each week focuses on one form and includes reading its history and its contemporary context, and a "close-up" of an individual poet. The writing assignment is to write one poem using its formal characteristics.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: THE MAKING OF A POEM: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
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November 14, 2019 - MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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November 19, 2019 - L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Course Description: Students read Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
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November 21, 2019 - MFA233 Cliffhangers and Thrusters
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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November 21, 2019 - MFA256 Conflict and Change
Course Description: Learn why conflict and change in different in fiction than in real life, and how to use this understanding in your stories.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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November 28, 2019 - MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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December 5, 2019 - MFA257 Cause & Effect
Course Description: Learn how to create a story the reader will care about by following an emotional cause-and-effect trajectory.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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December 5, 2019 - MFA234 Epilogues
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more .
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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December 12, 2019 - MFA169 Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself to Flash.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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December 17, 2019 - L116: Virginia Woolf - Short Works
Course Description: Students may participate in selected readings and topic discussions on bulletin boards. Optional chats are available at the beginning and end of the course for questions and observations. Students have the choice of writing a review, an analysis of a specific element of fiction or a biography of the author. Selected works from the class will be included in our library for the benefit of future students.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 



December 19, 2019 - MFA258 Undermining Your Characters' Best-Laid Plans
Course Description: Dos and Don'ts for Undermining Your Characters Best-Laid Plans.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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December 23, 2019 - L237 Ray Bradbury Short Stories
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 

December 31, 2019 - L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych – Tolstoy
Course Description: Students read Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
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There Are No More Pets in My House

by

Enza Vynn-Cara

 

There is death in my house.

“It's gone to a better place,” she says. "Now flush it down the toilet and wash your hands. Breakfast is ready."

Like that, she cans Juju, our goldfish. She did the same with Didi, Ma’s parrot, ...

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Revenge of the Fishy

by

Leona Pence & Tom Whitehead

 

 

 

Tom Whitehead: (In the deep husky Marlboro movie guys voice) HEEEEEEEEEEEER FISHY, FISHY, FISHY!

It was an early Saturday morning. He thought it was just another day of fishing, then all of a sudden out of nowhere he...

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Temp-Tation

by

Leona Pence

 

 

David Porter watched his wife and two sons as they played on the monkey bars at the park. He smiled in contentment as peals of laughter rang out. Two short weeks ago, he’d been in danger of losing his family.

...

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Free Range Souls

by

Enza Vynn-Cara

Samael and Malachi, two brothers working for different bosses, sit on the fence dangling their booted feet each on their side of the divide. One pair of boots is caked in white droppings; the other scrubbed clean. It’s like a dare. Trespassing? Not quite. ...

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Einaudi

by

Luann Lewis



An elderly woman shuffled up the sidewalk and took a seat on the bench across the way from me. I watched her slow steps and noticed her feet stuck in matted slippers and her swollen discolored ankles. Breathing a sigh of relief, I felt grateful...

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Campfire

by

Brigitte Whiting


We sat around a campfire in the backyard that evening, our parents and us four kids, aged four to fifteen. Dan, the oldest at nineteen, was in the Army serving somewhere that Mother didn't want to tell us. "You don't need to worry," she said. "I'll...

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Jack and the Beanstalk

by

Albert Orejuela

The global wealth distribution has been heavily off balance, the scales of capitalism have plunged so far into disproportion they will fall before they will be fair again.  Jack and his widowed mother have economically crammed a century of mourning into an egregious year but failed...

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Lost and Found

by

Brigitte Whiting

Smelled: a gamey odor downstairs in the basement. Searched for its source but couldn’t find it.

Found: one dead mouse with reddish-brown legs and a white underbelly in the basement bathroom. A deer mouse. Picked it up with tongs, took it outdoors, and tossed...

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One Hundred Yards

by

McCord Chapman

 

 

A deep sigh came just as Jason was pulling off the highway onto Route 11. He was close and could feel his back tingling as if his whole spine had suddenly fallen asleep. This happened every time he headed into a small town, no...

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Yearning - F2k WINNER!

by

Noel



Trish pushed her hair to the side to show off her sparkling diamond earrings. “Alvin just got these for me. I didn’t even have to drop a hint.”

Heather leaned forward for a better look. “Oh Trish, they’re beautiful. And LuAnn, did I see you drive up in a new...

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Flamenco

by

Cedar White

We’re late, of course. Won last-minute tickets to a concert at the Greek, the Gipsy Kings, but now parking is impossible. Ten years of driving in LA and the traffic makes me want to move to, I don’t know, Kansas. Then my date points to a...

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Marbles

by

Brigitte Whiting

 I had plans for that summer and everything changed because of the marbles. But I’m way ahead of myself.

My brothers, Jeff and Mick, hung around Farmer Tom’s place, feeding chickens and riding on the tractor with him, watching while he milked his yellow cow, Bess. I’d...

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Ruler of the House

by

Luann Lewis

We never should have bought this old house.  We sunk all our savings into it plus we took on a mortgage so huge that at this point I would have to pay out money just to get rid of the place.

 

I hate the sounds...

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Abe, the Teenage Hypnotist from Planet Garfunkel

by

Albert Orejuela

You’re hearing a voice, but no one else hears a sound. It’s a deep distant whisper, soft, safe, and inviting: the words of which you can’t yet make out. The harder you listen, the softer it gets; softer and softer, deeper and deeper. The more you listen to it here, ...

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A Night in Fontana

by

TJ Marshall

Brody Carlisle halted his horse on the crest of a shrub-covered hill, slapped his Stetson twice sending dust floating skyward, and after placing it back on his head, coaxed a swallow from his canteen.

To the west, the sun slid behind a scattering of tall pillar-like plateaus. Their...

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Full

by

Luann Lewis

Food. Globes of mashed potatoes glistening with a thin layer of gravy, plump slices of pie gushing with ruby red cherries–food wassensuous. It was sensuous before Abby even knew the meaning of the word.  Sparkling Christmas goodies enticed her as a child. She would sneak from her...

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The Decision

by

Brigitte Whiting

Stan stood on the sand, crumpled by how many people and birds running and sliding into it today. Now, it was getting dark, the last of the purple, streaky clouds turning black against a pale, gray sky.

Go or stay, just two choices.

He reached down...

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Swiftwater

by

Cedar White

10

Amos stood on a thick, muscular knoll on the shoulder of a dark river. He shivered, soaking wet from his silver hair to his leather shoes, and stared, disoriented, at the pines across the river. They seemed to stand with their backs to him. Amos felt...

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Minerva Shield

by

Frank Richards

In July the monsoon rains returned and with them came the little green frogs. Price Aurigena had first seen them in the summer of 1969 when he’d arrived in Korea and now, a year later, they were once again everywhere. Frogs sprang from the ground like exploding popcorn...

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Seinfeld Moment

by

Frank Richards

I have studied martial arts all my life: Karate, Judo, Kenpo Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, and Hsing-I, but as I've gotten older, I pretty much stick to Tai Chi. I used to study Tai Chi at a park in Washington, D.C. called Glen Echo Park. It's an old...

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Wedding Portrait – Life Portrait

by

Glennis Hobbs

July 20, 1942


Escorted by her eldest brother Neil, Annabell walks across the front lawn to meet Bill. her groom. She is dressed in a long gown of pink net overlying pink point d’esprit. A bandeau of artificial roses secures her pink net veil. She also...

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Salvation

by

Teresa Crowe

S is for Scintillation. 

Their arms and elbows locked as they vied for control.  Major released her grip and dredged her beet-colored nails across his muscled chest.  Zane glanced at the four lines of ripped skin, blood dripped onto the rim of his pants.  He lunged forward, grabbed...

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The Explorers

by

Glennis Walker Hobbs

Black, ginger, and tortoiseshell felines zoom through the open screen door onto the deck. Black Nic pauses and surveys his domain from the top of the steps. Kittens race down the ramp and scamper into the backyard. Glory, the tortoiseshell, runs to the maple in the corner, ...

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Beckett – you asked for this

by

Joy Manné

Here am I, on this grey morning, here I am again, entering this day as I entered yesterday and the day before and unless I am spared by death will enter tomorrow and the day after, endlessly growing older with the anxiety that brings, the fear of coming...

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Reconciliation

by

Brigitte Whiting

Mattie opened the front door. "I'll be back in a while, Henry," she said, then stepped onto the porch and clicked the door shut.

It opened behind her and Henry stuck out his head. "Wait, I can come with you."

She shook her head. "I need...

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The Goldfinch

by

Brigitte Whiting

On a Monday afternoon, I carried a bucket of water outdoors to refill the birdbath. A male goldfinch jumped down from the bath’s rim, and hopped away as quickly as he could to creep beneath a nearby spruce branch. I thought how odd he was...

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Of Heroes and Holiness

by

Angela Hess

What does a hero look like?

 

George Bailey is a hero.

 

George Bailey dreamed of traveling the world.

 

George Bailey gave up his dreams to care for his family and community.

 

Rudy left his family...

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My Desk

by

Luann Lewis

Another rejection letter and I feel like a loser. Yeah, I know, I’m not trying to make a living doing this. I even claim to be “writing for myself.” Butwe all want validation and, let’s face it, us writers want readers. So here I sit, ...

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My Mobile Space

by

Janet Harvey

 

In June, I will expect to find my special place in Townsville, Queensland. Last year it was in Darwin, Northern Territory, and today my place is in Hobart, Tasmania.

 

 

We live in a truck, a 2004 Isuzu 350NPR turbo automatic...

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A Red Squirrel's Narrative

by

Brigitte Whiting

This past summer and fall upturned me. The birdfeeder, usually so generous, abdicated her job, and I had to scrounge for food during the long wet season. My mother told me it was unusual to have such a rainy August and October. She would know. I was born...

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Talk-Back, Dear Lia, on FnF

by

Joy Manné

This essay is part of a Talk-Back series – I owe that title to Karen. A Talk-Back is my response to a chapter in a WVU textbook, my communication with its author.

This Talk-Back is a response to the exercise in Lia Purpura’s chapter, ‘On Miniatures,’ (Flas...

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Reunion

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

“Why the F--- Do I want to see a F—ing alligator jump up to eat a F—ing chicken hanging on a clothesline?”

 

The last time I hung out with my Uncle Dan is when I dragged him to Gatorland to do something touristic. ...

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A Fear of Broken Things

by

Angela Hess

“Does he look at you?”

 

My cousin’s innocent question triggers a flashing red warning light in my brain. My baby doesn’t look at me. I assumed he was too young still, but my cousin’s baby is only four days older than mine, and they are...

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Wild Roses Growing in the Ditch

by

Louise E. Sawyer


It is a joy to hold a lovely scene, a delightful moment, in memory.
~Marjolein Bastin

Frank was four and I was five and getting ready to start school when Dad and Mom moved us into a new house on Glasgow Avenue—a three-bedroom home that wasn't quite finished—in...

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Hazardous Happenings

by

Albert Orejuela

At some point, everything comes to an apex.  Status quo can only persist for so long before the natural balance of the universe calls for consumption, and then it all comes down to a choice.  That’s it, a lone decision that ultimately leads down a pathway to a higher level...

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Dealing with Rejection

by

Carolann Malley


Sending your writing out into the world can be scary whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. But, at some point, if you are a serious writer, you will do it. Getting a rejection letter back can be more devastating than asking a girl out as a teenager and...

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Backyard Neighbors

by

Brigitte Whiting


I took an hour to walk outdoors in my yard, first to clip dead honeysuckle branches, pluck dandelions, and then to fill the birdbaths and feeders. And to ponder what to write about one of my backyard neighbors, the gray squirrel, Sciurus Carolineses. Its name is derived from the...

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Betrayal

by

Angela Hess


My four-year-old son has a friend over. I overhear my son’s friend tell my two-year-old daughter, “Gracie, you can’t come in here.” Then my son’s voice: “It’s okay, she can play with us. Here, Gracie,” he says, presumably handing her one of the toys they are playing with. My mama...

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The Weight of Emotions

by

Angela Hess

  I can hear my parents’ raised voices upstairs. They are fighting again. I turn on the sink faucet, letting the sound of the running water drown out their voices. I thrust my hands in the nearly scalding hot water and methodically scrub each dish in the sink...

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An Apology

by

Brigitte Whiting

   I'm sorry that I hadn't thought of how I would take care of a puppy. It had seemed like a good idea, accept the gift of a puppy from acquaintances. She had the coloring of a coyote and was named Brindle for those tawny markings. I'd...

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Baby Precious

by

Louise E. Sawyer

It was Christmas Day 1950 and my sixth birthday. Under the tree was an unusually long, large box with my name on it. I was excited to open it. I couldn’t wait. When I finally did, I was amazed to look upon the most gorgeous doll I’d...

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Downsizing

by

M Clare Paris

 
I think about death quite a bit. Not morbidly, nor do I worry about what happens when one dies. Although I enjoy a spiritual life, I am also philosophical about the end of my life. If there is something else, it will be darned interesting. If there isn’t, ...

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Absent But Present

by

Louise E. Sawyer


My father, Thomas George Sawyer, was absent at my birth and absent the first seven months of my life.

It was Christmas Eve 1944 at the two-story white house on Beechwood Drive-my Grannie’s house in Victoria, the capital city of British Colombia on Vancouver Island. Grannie Price, my...

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Gathering: A Contemplative Essay

by

Brigitte Whiting

I'm always looking for ideas to use in writing: for that prompt at which I first gulp and then slowly retrieve some thread of an idea, for the poem I need for the Monday morning poetry group, for an essay that's due in two days.

I've heeded...

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Seasons in a Wild Turkey Hen's Life

by

Brigitte Whiting

Last spring, a wild turkey hen incubated her eggs for twenty-eight days. When they hatched, she scrambled to keep up with them. Poults to scientific literature. Babies to her. She didn't need to teach them to scratch for bugs—they came with that instinct. Nighttimes during their first four weeks, ...

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Lesson in Subtext

by

Joy Manné and Karen Barr

Roles

Teacher – Karen Barr

Student – Joy Manné

Teacher

WELCOME TO WEEK 8 OF SUBTEXT.

There is no word count, but the challenge is to get all ten types of subtext in as few words as possible. Here they are:

Show don’t...

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Teenage Escape Plan

by

Danielle Dayney

I woke to warm, gooey air smothering me even though the ceiling fan was spinning on high. Dangling lightpulls smacked and banged the glass globe with each rotation of the blades. The base of the fan swayed and groaned, ready to jump from its screws in the drywall any second.

...

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Miracle Baby

by

Harry C. Hobbs

The mother and father watched as the sun rose on a cold morning in February 1945, wondering if their four-month-old son had lived through the night. Could miracles really happen? Perhaps this child they had wanted so badly wanted wasn’t meant to survive. His mother was a month past her...

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Ylva the Úlfr

by

Cynthia Reed

When I flew to California in September, the golden archipelago summer, verdant below and mazarine above, still held sway. Twenty-three days and eleven thousand two hundred and forty miles later, if you’d sat here with me on the back deck this afternoon--you’d know, too--autumn now envelopes Sweden in...

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Thank You, My Tech Friend

by

Louise E. Sawyer




Thank you, my tech friend,
pretty with back dressed in rose gold
practical with front framed...

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What Is Not Said

by

Enza Vynn-Cara




Why do you speak and say nothing?
Say everything when you’re silent?
Am I to...

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Ups and Downs

by

Enza Vynn-Cara




Up there
inside the tower
with the air filters on the roof
you watch the...

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Telemarketers

by

Glenda (Glennis) Walker-Hobbs





those evil scourges of civilization
call morning, noon and night,
harass me every day
...

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Oceanography

by

Wynelda Ann Deaver





Ocean holds secrets close. Millions, trillion, gazillions of droplets mixed with millions, trillions and...

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Mystery Man

by

Leona Pence



I once met a man from a far distant land, so handsome and charming...

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Minotaur

by

Joy Manné

 

Two children, girl and boy,

progeny of servants of King Minos,

...

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Lullaby for a Lost Child

by

Glenda (Glennis) Walker-Hobbs




I

I feel you kick under my heart,
soon my special angel child,
I...

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Look Up

by

Gerardine Gail Baugh





Stand back and look up. Do you see it? Do you?
Alice's rabbit checking...

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I'll be a Poet

by

Glenda (Glennis) Walker-Hobbs





I’ll take my pen in hand

crystallize thoughts into ideas
paint magic with...

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Give Me The Wings Of An Angel

by

Leona Pence





Give me the wings of an angel
To lift me above worldly things
Give...

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Flashing Lights

by

Leona Pence




(My songwriting attempt)


I want to see all the lights upon a flashing...

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Eidolon’s Wind Chimes

by

Gerardine Gail Baugh





I miss our disagreements, laughter and silent times.

Memories of listening to your...

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Don’t Piss Off (or on) a Yard Gnome

by

Leona Pence

Prose poem: This one was inspired by the poet’s dogs, Jax and Luna.


I cringed...

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Do You Remember, AJ?

by

Glenda (Glennis) Walker-Hobbs





June 30, 1967, we met on Parliament Hill,
listened to the Centennial music gala,
...

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Deacon Knox Young is Turning One!

by

Leona Pence



 

Everybody’s gonna have some fun.
Aunt Peggy, Uncle Kris, Sydney...

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Daddy Dearest

by

Enza Vynn-Cara




Today, I saw you for the first time, without disguise, nestled in the corner where...

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Boardwalk Excursion

by

Glenda (Glennis) Walker-Hobbs




sunlight diamonds glitter on the lake,
blind me until I don sunglasses,
warm summer...

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Late Summer

by

Debbie Noland

The winner of the April 2019 Poetry Contest!

  
Summer gasps its last hot breaths,
panting...

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Teenage Turmoil - (Aged 16)

by

Miss Natalie Sackstein.

Part of the series: #1 THREE AGES OF WOMAN

TEENAGE TURMOIL
by (Aged 16)

My mind is but...

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Frustration - (Aged 28)

by

Mrs. Natalie Liknaitzky

Part of the series: #2 THREE AGES OF WOMAN


FRUSTRATION
BY (Aged 28)

Creation stifled. Each...

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Multipotentailite - (Aged 80)

by

Natalie Knight

Part of the series: #3 THREE AGES OF WOMAN.

MULTIPOTENTAILITE
(Inspired by Lydia Davis to write...

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By Late Winter

by

Brigitte Whiting


My unfinished deck waits beneath two feet of snow.
The driveway is one long strip of ice,
and...

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Joy Crawls Out Of Her Bag

by

Louise Sawyer




In memoriam of Joy, my animal companion, who died January 9, 2018.

Joy crawls out of her sleeping bag,
...

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Cyber Sisters

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

we meet in online classes,
strangers in cyber space,
we share
a love of poetry,
a desire...

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Winter Ballet

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs




snowflakes swirl in a dance
hurl themselves against the window
pine trees rock branches to and fro,
gently, then furiously
...

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Computers and Catspeak

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs


I move the mouse
over the pad
type in password

mouse?
did I hear the word mouse?
where...

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A Soldier’s Letter Home – A Found Poem

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs



Based on letters by Private George Walker, written June 12, 1918-July 17, 1918

I got your letter just about lights...

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Ottawa Reverie

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs



As I leaf through my manuscript of Ottawa poems, “In the Shadow of the Tower,” I decide to check...

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Get Out the Penitentiary

by

Albert Orejuela

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Tulips or Three?

by

Albert Orejuela

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Rock and Roll

by

Albert Orejuela

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Garden of Hearts

by

Albert Orejuela

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Evil Eye-pad

by

Albert Orejuela

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Portrait of Solitude

by

Albert Orejuela

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Break Time

by

RJ Hembree

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Colors

by

Maggie Fieland

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Wild Horses with the Snow Covered Mountains

by

RJ Hembree

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Color Cubes

by

Maggie Fieland

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Rest

by

Albert Orejuela

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Camera Smile

by

RJ Hembree

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To Relax Wild Horses Before a Photo Shoot, I Find it Helpful to Tell a Couple of Jokes

by

RJ Hembree

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First Step

by

Karen Barr

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Orchid Alone

by

Albert Orejuela

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Veg 2

by

Maggie Fieland

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All Along the Watchtower

by

RJ Hembree

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Ham

by

Karen Barr

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Winter

by

Maggie Fieland

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Backlit Great White Egret

by

RJ Hembree

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White Lightning

by

Karen Barr

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Wild Horses

by

RJ Hembree

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Cow Gossip

by

Karen Barr

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Cooper's Town

by

Albert Orejuela

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