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July 4, 2019 - MFA102 Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax

Course Description: “Proposition” is a familiar term to students of logic or rhetoric. It simply means an expressed thought put forward for the receiver to accept or not accept. Every individual idea, concept, action, emotion, and description we communicate through a sentence is a proposition, a thought represented by a sequence of words. Some sentences have a single proposition, some have many.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Text Provided  

 

 

July 11, 2019 - MFA214 Describing and Withholding

Course Description: One of the most pressing problems in writing has to do with how much information to share in the process of narration. How much do you need to tell the reader to reel him in? How much material should you withhold and why? These questions have to do with the issue of seduction. Aside from their characters, stories have two principal persona--the storyteller and the story hearer--who are engaged in a complicated and very personal relationship. The storyteller's primary job in narration is to exercise power over the story hearer, to make him want to listen. To succeed at controlling the hearer, a storyteller speaker must achieve authority and produce involvement. The challenge is: how do you achieve authority to let the story hearer know that you know what you are saying? At the same time, how do you produce involvement? You don't want it gives so much information that the story hearer becomes alienated or overwhelmed. All writers struggle at some point with the problem of balance between authority and involvement, seduction and revelation. Specifically, beginning writers wonder how much description to employ, and more advanced writers ask how much plot is too much or too little.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

  

 

July 11, 2019 - MFA158 Flash Fiction - Opening Up Your Writing

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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July 11, 2019 - MFA054 Flash Nonfiction: Singular Moments - Against the Grain

Course Description: MFA054 is the 5th in a series of flash nonfiction workshops (works under 2,000 words). Each of the series will use The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. Courses in the series may be taken in any sequence, though reading the text's Introduction is recommended for those who haven't taken MFA50 yet.

Course Length: 5 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers

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July 11, 2019 - MFA381: On Metaphor

Course Description: MFA381 is the seventh in a series of 8 prose poetry workshops (poems lengthwise half a page to 3–4 pages). Each of the courses in the series will use The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice. Courses in the series may be taken in any sequence, though reading the text's Introduction is recommended for those who haven't taken MFA375 yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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July 16, 2019 - L247 Kij Johnson - At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Course Description: Read and discuss "At the Mouth of the River of Bees" by Kij Johnson and write an original flash fiction story.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories

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July 18, 2019 - MFA103 Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence

Course Description: The basic unit of thought is the sentence, and from these grow the paragraph, the short story, and the novel.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

July 25, 2019 - MFA404 Writing for Online and Print Markets

Course Description: MFA404 teaches the craft and conventions of contemporary journalism. Students will draft, revise and workshop an article, a feature story, an opinion article, and a blog post. 

Course Length: 16 Week

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets

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July 25, 2019 - MFA215 Inflection, Tone and Pitch

Course Description: You get involved in a story when, among other reasons, you get attached to a set of narrated events, or when the tone of the narrative has so many signs of emphasis that it rouses itself to life and disbelief is suspended. The story starts to believe in itself. You also acquired a sensation that somebody has believed the story. That's called conviction, and it may be pleasant or unpleasant.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

July 25, 2019 - MFA159 Flash Fiction - Smart Surprise

Course Description: Smart Surprise in Flash Fiction.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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July 25, 2019 - MFA382: On Experiment

Course Description: MFA382 is the eighth in a series of 8 prose poetry workshops (poems lengthwise half a page to 3–4 pages). Each of the courses in the series will use The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice. Courses in the series may be taken in any sequence, though reading the text's Introduction is recommended for those who haven't taken MFA375 yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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July 29, 2019 - MFA755 Writing Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-Stories Part 1

Course Description: This is the first in a two-part series of courses on writing linked stories, the novel-in-stories, or short story cycles. This is an advanced course. You should already know how to write a short story and have a few under your belt.  This is NOT a course on traditional novel writing.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 5

Required Text: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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August 1, 2019 - MFA105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy

Course Description: When we first meet someone in person, we make judgments, and this is equally true when a reader reads an author. If the reader doesn't know the author or is unfamiliar with past works, a judgment is made, not of the real author, but an assumed author. The reader either accepts or rejects the author's imagined persona with line-by-line interaction. The reader also needs to know who they are supposed to be -- who the author has in mind to play the role of reader in the text (see Reader As Fiction and Walter Ong's essay). Readers need to know they are in good hands. This is the underlying theme of Walker Gibson's "Tough, Sweet and Stuffy" essay, the one Brooks Landon often refers to in his lectures, though barely scratches the surface of what it covers.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

 

August 1, 2019 - MFA351: Art and Craft of Revision

Course Description: Poetry is communication. This course focuses on revising previous poems so they can better reach other people and touch their hearts.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser

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August 6, 2019 - L249 Louisa May Alcott Short Story

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.

Course Length: 1 Week

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

August 8, 2019 - MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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August 15, 2019 - MFA505 The Homage or Tribute Story

Course Description: This is the third course in the Reading for Craft series in which students study short stories of literary quality to learn craft and apply what they learn to their own writing.  In this course, we will study short stories by Raymond Carver, Nathan Englander, John Cheever, and Richard Ford and take a stab at writing our own homage or tribute story.

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

August 15, 2019 - MFA216 Voice and Style

Course Description:    Some of the mystifications of voice include things like: voice is something to be found, that it is located somewhere off the page, that some authors or stories have more of it, that it can be borrowed and not returned, that it never changes, that it has to do with sincerity, that it is about expression, or that the author can be found in it. As these imply, there it is inside and outside to the notion: there is the voice of the individual piece of fiction, and there is what we call an author's voice.

Style is the way the words take on an identity on the page. It is a kind of ownership agreement, in which any given writer lays claim, with his or her own identity, to an arrangement of words turned into self-revealing lines, turned into a work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Just as importantly, however much style can be defined by a nuts-and-bolts examination of words, sentence structure, or sentence arrangement, style is also mysteriously yours alone, inscribed with your unique vision of a sunset, a drive to the southwest, a journey into the interior world of a character.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

August 20, 2019 - L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story 

Course Description: “A JURY OF HER PEERS” Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.

Course Length: 1 Week

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

August 22, 2019 MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration

Course Description: Flash Fiction - Forty Stories in the Desert (Using Images for Inspiration)

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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August 29, 2019 - MFA250 How to Hook the Reader 

Course Description:     Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution. It enabled us to image what might happen in the future and prepare for it. Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal our brain is hardwired to respond to story. Given a choice, people prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Our neural circuitry is designed to crave story. This information is a game changer for writers. Research has helped decode the secret blueprint for story that's hardwired in the reader's brain. But there's a catch. For a story to captivate a reader, it must continually meet his or her hardwired expectations. There is an implicit framework that must underlie a story in order for that passion, that fire, to ignite the reader's brain. Stories without it go unread.

A recent brain-imaging study reported in Psychological Science reveals that the regions of the brain that process the sights, sounds, tastes, and movement of real life are activated when we're engrossed in a compelling narrative. Such a story is an intricate mesh of interconnected elements which hold it together and allow it to build.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (This is the 1st of 12 independent MFA courses using Wired for Story).

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August 29, 2019 - MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them 

Course Description: In magical realism, extraordinary things are presented as though they are perfectly ordinary. Magical realism does not refer simply to the oddities and eccentricities of human behavior, nor to the sometimes astonishing world of nature causes and effects, nor to the surprising acts of coincidence and fate that occasionally appear to be directed by an unseen authority. To understand how magical realism works in fiction, think instead of radios mysteriously broadcasting the intimate conversations of strangers.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

September 3, 2019L241 Willa Cather Short Story

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

 

September 5, 2019 - MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image 

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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September 5, 2019The Gentle Art of the Personal Essay

Course Description: This introductory course is designed for bloggers, essayists and nonfiction writers, though fiction writers and poets will find the content and exercises both useful and inspirational. MFA01 is first of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence. 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 by Dinty W. Moore

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September 5, 2019 - MFA355: Verse Forms 

Course Description: MFA355, Verse Forms, is the first in a series of 2 courses that introduces traditional poetic forms. This course includes the Stanza and Meter, the Villanelle, Sestina, Pantoum, Sonnet, and Ballad, and a two-week workshop. Each week focuses on one form and includes reading its history and its contemporary context, 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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Required ReadingWhy Write in Form? By Rebecca Hazelton 

 

 

September 9, 2019 - MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop 

Course Description: Students discuss, write about and experiment with Calvino's concepts in Six Memos for the Next Millennium

  • Week 1: Lightness - Discussion and 300-500 word creative exercise.
  • Week 2: Quickness - Discussion and 300-500 word response to chapter.
  • Week 3: Exactitude - Discussion and 300-500 word creative exercise.
  • Week 4: Visibility - Discussion and 300-500 word response to chapter.
  • Week 5: Multiplicity - Discussion and 300-500 word creative exercise.
  • Week 6: Review: Summarize key points (500-700 word essay)
  • Week 7-8: Workshop (students may choose to write an essay or short story for their writing project)

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 5

Required Text Six Memos for the Next Millenium - Italo Calvino Harvard Lectures

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September 10, 2019 - L305 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

Course Description: Students read Achebe's Things Fall Apart, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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September 12, 2019MFA251 Story Focus

Course Description: Learn about Story Focus and its three elements: Protagonist Goal, Theme and Plot.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (This is the 2nd of 12 independent MFA courses using Wired for Story).

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September 12, 2019MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction

Course Description: Contemporary writers too often forget that one sure way to make your fiction more appealing is to add a carefully calculated dose of humor. Carefully calculated is important. Humor does sell fiction, but only when it is used sparingly.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs  

 

 

September 17, 2019 - L252 Katherine Mansfield Short Story 

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.

Course Length: 1 Week

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided 

  

 

September 19, 2019 - MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative 

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Rose Metal Course Description: Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

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September 19, 2019 - MFA02 The  Personal (Not Private) 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 by Dinty W. Moore

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September 26, 2019 - MFA252 Emotions and POV  

Course Description:  Explore the relationships between POV, emotions and body language.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (This is the 3rd of 12 independent MFA courses using Wired for Story).

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September 26, 2019 - MFA219: The Purpose and Practice of Revision 

Course Description: While writers most often think they are writing their work--that is, that they have a thought or two they are putting down on paper, and that they are directing these thoughts from beginning to end to communicate something already present in their minds to the reader--writing is more complex than that. Revision has everything to do with learning both what you are writing and how to write it.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

September 26, 2019 - MFA352: On Poetry and Writing 

Prerequisites: MFA350 and MFA351 and/or several core or foundation poetry courses

Course Description: Playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation. Discover a balance between writing mundane or perplexing poetry. Fiction and nonfiction writers will also find useful tools. Includes a two-week workshop.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo

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September 30, 2019 - MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-Stories Workshop 

CORE COURSE PREREQUISITE: You must have completed MFA755 Writing Linked Short Stories or the Novel in Stories Part 1 to take this workshop.

    

Course Description: This is the second in a two-part series of courses on writing linked stories, the novel-in-stories, or short story cycles. You must have two linked short stories written by the first day of class.

Each week we will examine two linked stories by a member of the class and give feedback on linkages between the two stories as well as regular feedback.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 5

Required Text: No Texts Required (Workshop)

 

 


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

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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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Road Trip

by

David Snyder

  The eight-year-old 1958 Chevy was purring along through rural Kansas with ease. Don smiled with pride. When it hit 180,000 miles he planned to celebrate with a smoke and an ice-cold Mountain Dew from the cooler.  It was a beautiful late April day with the sunny...

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Why I’m Failing My Innovative Fiction Course

by

Ed Kratz

   

This is from an assignment in the Innovative Fiction Course taught by Karen

I'm just not making it in my innovative fiction course.
What is innovative fiction you might ask? Well, if you have to ask, I'd say you're one of those rubes...

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Dear Don...

by

Ed Kratz

   

The Don, whose real name you do not want to know, ever, has vast experience solving problems. Our organization, Don’t Try to Find Us Press, never advocates violence. We take no responsibility for violent acts committed by those misinterpreting the Don’s recommendations.
Now for...

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Todd’s Miracle

by

Leslie

Todd shivered in the dark, seated cross-legged on the linoleum. Coats and dresses draped gently over his five-year-old shoulders. He flinched as a slit of bright light flashed through the space at the bottom of the door. Seconds later the deep, rolling rumble followed. “Mommy?”

Silence.

“Mommy?” ...

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Mad Hatter Town Planners

by

Margaret Fieland

   

I fell down the rabbit hole straight into the town planning committee meeting. A large basin of Sangria sat in the middle of the scratched wood table in the center of the room, and a keg rested against the back wall. Al, Stan, and Art...

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Dinner at Grandma's

by

Lolla Bryant

You’re at Grandma’s house again for dinner.  As always, the family is gathered together and everybody’s trying to out-talk everybody else.   You ask yourself why you continue to go through this ordeal every week, but you know why; it’s Grandma.  Also, it’s a family tradition that brings you...

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Mommy’s Little Secret

by

Leslie

At age five, Amy told her mother that the thought of swimming scared her. Not surprisingly, her mother poo-pooed the idea, and said that fear showed weakness and stupidity. From then on, Amy said she hated swimming and never admitted any fear to her mother again. I don’t...

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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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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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The Room

by

rolly




I hear little drips the leaky faucet makes
amid violent silence of the passing night

how I long for that...

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Speedy, My Reptilian Twin

by

Lina Sophia Rossi




The house seems different, quiet and empty
despite being filled with people, cats, and dogs.
No longer swishing or pitter-patter,
...

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Metaphorically Speaking

by

Lina Sophia Rossi




They say life is like a bowl of cherries
sweet, juicy, tasty. Watch out for the pits.
Isn’t that what...

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Ligature Ideations

by

Lina Sophia Rossi




From the doorjamb, staff had to cut her down,
now she was an amorphous, lifeless mound,
large form lying on...

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Never Sober, Always Arguing

by

Lina Sophia Rossi




Arguing chips away at my soul.
How can I feel half, when part of a whole?
Drink yet another beer, ...

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Your Call to Say Hi, Gone to Hell

by

Lina Sophia Rossi




Why call, then yell I interrupted?
To talk to you, gives me great displeasure.
My personal peace has been disrupted.
...

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Waiting for the Rain

by

Helen Rossiter



Mavis Bone with her face as crinkled as a brown paper bag sits quiet and still in the ancestor’s rocker, ...

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Christmas Birds

by

Debbie Noland



Just above the power lines
that stretch along the road, the birds
on Christmas morning swarm, and then

at some...

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Stragglers

by

Debbie Noland



Two pelicans left in the cove
this brisk November afternoon
must surely know it’s time to leave.

The dock marina...

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San Luis Valley Sunshine

by

Frankie Colton




Summer sky azure
Thunderheads billow rain falls
Warm sunshine-filled days

Golden leaves falling
Fall breeze whispers winter comes
Crisp morning...

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Bathroom Ekphrastic

by

Debbie Noland



It’s dank and dark and dingy
in the old cabin bathroom.
The narrow steps stretch downward
with their cold, metal...

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Ice-Breaking Revisited

by

Christina Huizar



I met my love – my love was fair
His most chance word fascinating
His every move a mystery
I...

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Boardwalk Stroll – A Prose Poem

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs)

My morning stroll leads me to the east end of Flinty’s Boardwalk by Del’s Cairn. A replica of ...

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Adventuring — An Unrhymed Heroic Couplet

by

Brigitte Whiting




I've been where no red squirr'l has gone before,
toheights and depths, despair. Until an opened...

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Ode To A Poem

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs)

you start as a blank screen
or a sheet of pristine paper,
words elude me, then
tantalize, taunt...

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The People’s Princess ~An Elegy

by

Louise Sawyer

There was a day never forgotten
When the world, including me, watched from afar
the fairytale wedding of...

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Crystalized Fog ~a Pastoral Poem

by

Gerardine Gail Baugh

Of cold air hitting a warmer ground
Yesterday ended in a rising fog
Or was it the other...

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Elegy for Judy

by

Gerardine Gail Baugh


I try to hear her voice; its sound has faded.
I see her hair, shining dark, brushing her...

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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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Along with the Sandhill Cranes, American Wigeons Filled the Sky

by

RJ Hembree

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Aleyne Desert

by

Maggie Fieland

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A Favorite Fishing Spot for the Ospreys

by

RJ Hembree

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Wearing a Coating of Ice

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Long Way 'Til Spring

by

Brigitte Whiting

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