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April 4, 2019  - MFA207 Settings and Character

There’s a distinction that’s often made in discussions of place - that is, the difference between interior and exterior setting.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A
Required Text:  Creating Fiction: Instructions and insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

April 4, 2019  - MFA375 Prose Poetry: INTRODUCTION

This is the first 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 the intro yet.
Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: Beginning to advanced writers

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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April 9, 2019  - L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories

Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and have the choice of writing a review, an analysis of a specific element of fiction or a biography of the author.

"Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before. This is highly unnerving; fortunately, you're usually too busy laughing to go mad. I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends."
~ Salman Rushdie

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: Provided

 

April 11, 2019  - MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language

This is the third in a series of flash nonfiction workshops (works under 2,000 words).  Each of the series will use The Rose Metal 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 the introduction yet.

Course Length: 6 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A
Required Text: The Rose Metal Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers

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April 11, 2019  - MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China

Flash Fiction Workshop - Flash Fiction, or wei xing xiao shuo, as it is known in China today, also goes by the name of Minute Story, Pocket-Size Story, Palm-Size Story, and perhaps, in Qu's opinion, most accurately (for China at least) Smoke-Long Story, which promises to let the reader relish the sights and sounds of an entire make-believe world before he or she has time to finish one cigarette.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

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

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April 11, 2019 - MFA350 Understanding Poetry

The language of prose and poetry seem to be half a world apart. Yet, the craft and structures overlap. Each uses mere words to paint scenes, to craft stories and thoughts so they feel alive and reach into the reader's heart. This course is intended to help all writers—whether beginning or intermediate or advanced, fiction, nonfiction or poets—better understand the whys and hows of using words.  

Course Length: 16 Weeks

Required Text:  A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

 

April 18, 2019  - MFA208 Difficult Characters

We must feel sympathy for a character, and here the word "sympathy" is not merely a synonym for "like," but more in terms of "understanding." If we as writers understand our characters, even the unlikable ones, if we understand their motivations, and convey this understanding to the reader, then perhaps we will come to understand something more about the mysteries of human behavior and aspiration, not the givens we already grasp, not the people and borders we know well.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A
Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

April 22, 2019  - MFA703 Maps of the Imagination

Writing is often discussed as two separate acts – though in practice they overlap. They differ in emphasis but are by no means merely sequential. If we do well, both result in discovery. One is the act of exploration: some combination of premeditated searching and undisciplined, perhaps only partly conscious rambling. This includes scribbling notes, considering potential scenes, lines or images, inventing characters, even writing drafts. History tells us that exploration is assertive action in the face of uncertain assumptions, often involving false starts, missteps, and surprises. If we persist, we discover our story within the world of that story. The other act of writing we might call presentation. Applying knowledge, skill, and talent, we create a document meant to communicate and to have an effect on others. The purpose of a story or poem is not to record our experience but to lead the reader on a journey. At some point, we turn from the role of Explorer to take on that of Guide.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A
Required Text: Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer

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April 23, 2019  - L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works

Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and write a short response.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Provided

 

April 25, 2019  - MFA153 Flash Fiction - the Myth-I gotta Link

Flash fiction is difficult if not impossible to define – and should be allowed to remain so – because this type of writing is protean (able to change often and easily). It takes on various shapes and uses different strategies to achieve its goals. These shapes and strategies are two dissimilar to confine flash fiction to a too narrow or too specific definition. These short stories are endlessly metamorphosing as myths themselves. But I would tentatively define the best flash fiction as short short stories that manage to reveal the hidden, accentuate the subtle, and highlight the seemingly insignificant. The best offer insight and understanding of the human experience as they deepen and broaden reader awareness in a short space of text. These highly charged stories often go well beyond their surface details and manage to expand in the reading.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

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

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April 25, 2019  - MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies

Give your writing the strength to pull readers along by getting to the point and not wasting their time. Transport them to scenes using the personality and appropriate tone for the subject. Make your words dance with clear, well-written sentences readers won’t have to read twice. This is a combination course and 2-week workshop. Students work toward a completed story, article or blog post. Though the course is primarily for nonfiction writers and journalists, writers will find the strategies useful for any form. This will help you get down to the business of professional writing.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A
Required Text: A Writer’s Coach: The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Work  
By Jack Hart

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April 29th, 2019 - The Difficult Imagination - Pt. 2

Prerequisite: MFA706

Course Length: 14 Weeks

Required Text: Architectures of Possibility – After innovative writing by Lance Olsen (Print Version)

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April 30, 2019  - L301 If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (Calvino)

Students read Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, participate in topic discussions and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

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May 2, 2019  - MFA209 Point of View Basics

Point of view is one of the most basic elements in the craft of fiction. Through this medium, storytellers see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and from particular consciousnesses as well as from specific spatial and temporal perspectives. Since most contemporary fiction involves a growth of perception among characters and readers, the selection of viewpoint is crucial. Who is telling what story? Through this point of view, the narrator shapes content.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

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

  

May 7, 2019 - L315 Midnight's Children Rushdie

“Thus proving to me that I have been only the humblest of jugglers-with-facts; and that, in a country where the truth is what it is instructed to be, reality quite literally ceases to exist, so that everything becomes possible except what we are told is the case; and maybe this was the difference between my Indian childhood and Pakistani adolescence-that in the first I was beset by an infinity of alternative realities, while in the second I was adrift, disorientated, amid an equally infinite number of falsenesses, unrealities and lies.”  ~  Salman Rushdie

 Course Length: 8 weeks

Difficulty: (1-5): 4

Required Text: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

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May 9, 2019  - MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms

This course is intended as a workshop in the writing and sharing of Japanese poetic forms. Haiku is, of course, the most accessible to the Western writer; however, it is a form of greater depth than some of us have experienced. In addition to haiku, we will also practice the writing of tanka, renga, haibun, senryu, and haiku sequences. Finally, I hope also that this course will stimulate discussion of these forms and what they contribute to modern poetry.

While this course is facilitated, the course will function as a workshop of equals, everyone reading and critiquing the work of peers. Some of us are new to these forms; others of us have played with the rhythms but have not seriously approached these poems as art; others are more experienced. Nonetheless, we all have much to share.? Through this point of view, the narrator shapes content.

Course Length: 6 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: How to Haiku: A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms by Bruce Ross

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May 9, 2019  - MFA154 Flash Fiction - Point of View and Voice

Flash Fiction Workshop

Course Length: 2 Weeks

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

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May 9, 2019  - MFA377 Prose Poetry: On Influence

This is the third 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 the intro course yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: Beginning to advanced writers

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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May 14, 2019  - L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines)

Students read Ernest Gaine's A Lesson Before Dying, participate in topic discussions, and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

Required Text: A Lesson Before Dying

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May 16, 2019  - MFA210 The Art of the First Person

First person seduces.
It mimics the insistent voice of the self-dramatized, the cathartic unstaged soliloquy of private diaries and journals, unintended for public consumption. But if we follow it into fiction, it becomes the voice of someone less familiar, even unknown, appearing with intimate urgency.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

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

 

May 21, 2019  - L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content)

Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and write a short response essay.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 4

Required Text: Provided

 

May 23, 2019  - MFA378 Prose Poetry: On Definition

This is the fourth 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 the intro course yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: Beginning to advanced writers

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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May 30, 2019  - MFA211 The Art of the Third Person

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

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

 

May 30, 2019  - MFA155 Flash Fiction - One Page Fictions

Flash Fiction Workshop

Course Length: 2 Weeks

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

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June 4, 2019  - Faulkner Short Stories (Setting and POV)

Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

Required Text: Provided

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June 6, 2019  - L236 Prose Poetry: On Theory

This is the fifth 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 the intro course yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: Beginning to advanced writers

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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June 11, 2019  - L235 Hemingway Short Stories (Dialogue and Exposition)

Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

Required Text: Provided

 

June 13, 2019  - MFA156 Flash Fiction - Great Thoughts

Flash Fiction Workshop

Course Length: 2 Weeks

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

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June 13, 2019  - MFA212 What is a Plot?

Most working writers of fiction operate less by an articulated narrative theory than by the hunch and feel of experience.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

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

 

June 17, 2019  - MFA702 Subtext

This course, as Charles Baxter says, “examines those elements that propel readers beyond the plot of a novel or short story into the realm of what haunts the imagination: the implied, the half-visible, and the unspoken. That subterranean realm with its overcharged psychological materials is often designated as the subtext of a story.”

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

Required Text: The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot by Charles Baxter

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June 18, 2019  - L116 Virginia Woolf - Short Works

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: Provided

 

June 20, 2019  - MFA510 Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Students participate in readings of essays and fairy tales and participate in discussions about the readings. In weeks seven and eight, students will write an original fairy tale and critique the tales written by classmates.
Throughout this course, we will look at the history of folk and fairy tales and how they continue to influence literature today. We will study the form of folk and fairy tales and look at the way these stories are classified for ease in finding like tales. We will read tales written by a variety of authors, including traditional folk and fairy tales and examples of more recent literature. We will see how similar tales are told and retold by reading three Bluebeard-type tales from different authors.

Course Length: 8 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

Required Text: Provided

 

June 20, 2019  - MFA380 Prose Poetry: On Craft

This is the sixth 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 the intro course yet.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: Beginning to advanced writers

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

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June 25, 2019  - L312 Julio Cortazar Shorts

No one can retell the plot of a Cortázar story; each one consists of determined words in a determined order. If we try to summarize them, we realize that something precious has been lost."
~Jorge Luis Borges

Course Length: 1 Week

Difficulty (1-5): NA

Required Text: Provided

 

June 27, 2019  - MFA213 Art of Sequencing

We can learn a lesson from the story of Snow White. The fairy tale does not backtrack. Never once does its ancient narrator account any portion of the story that took place before it's beginning. There are no backward jumps or flashbacks. There are no prolonged descriptions of the characters memories. This story unfolds simply and magically forward in time.

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty (1-5): NA

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

 

June 27, 2019  - MFA157 Flash Fiction - The Story in the Title

Flash Fiction Workshop

Course Length: 2 Weeks

Difficulty: N/A


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

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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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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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New Age Centre

by

Natalie Knight

I had been in Oz for a few months when I received an emergency call to come back to South Africa. Every émigré who leaves elderly parents dreads this call.

 

But this was worse than death. Our family lawyer called me to attend a meeting...

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"I’ve Been With Willy All Day"

by

Brigitte Whiting

   

The late August sun hung hot in a bare blue sky. Matilda picked up a tattered straw bushel basket and trudged into the garden with it. The rows of beans were dusty green, the corn stalks tall, their leaves edged with yellow. She settled on...

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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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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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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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Becoming a Writer ~ Prose Poem

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs)

How does a person achieve success as a writer? The answer is fairly simple. One should work in...

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Elegy for Dad

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs)

Easter, 1996

that year we began to plan a tea
for Dad's ninetieth birthday,
insteadhe landed...

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Sestina

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs)

my passion in life is to write
perhaps I should start with a poem
to rhyme or not...

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To RBW: An Elegy

by

Brigitte Whiting

You've been gone for a long time now,
and I think of you, reminded beneath
the autumn skies...

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Last Cigarette

by

Belinda Moutray

Under the shaky match’s sulfurous flame, the last Marlboro’s tip blazes brightly, dims and flares.

Broken, quivering...

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Writer's Prayer

by

Margaret Fieland

Bless my paper, bless my pen,
bless my keyboard, Lord. And then,
please keep track of all those...

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Unmutable

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

She’s unmutable beauty in life and death.
Endearing spirit, smile warm as sunshine and everlasting.
From birth’s first...

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Spiders Are My Friends

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

From the breeze, I saw the glistening web.
The big, cozy spider stared out at me.
I wonder...

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Serial Killer

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

Hide behind an actor’s mask and prybar;
Some humans are born with souls as dark as night.
Abduct, ...

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Resembled His First Love

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

All victims resembled his x -first love, Stephanie Brooks,
Long middle parted brunettes with small framed feminine good...

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Phrasical Subordination

by

Margaret Fieland

The main clause of the sentence names the thing you mainly do
but it can have subordinates and...

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Passing Through

by

Margaret Fieland

Morning sun shimmers through gray clouds,
etches shadows on cracked sidewalk.
Empty beer cans surround broken fire hydrant.
...

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Library Book Group

by

Brigitte Whiting

I don't believe in Dracula,
don't even know his story,
Count Vlad the Impaler of Romania, circa 1400s...

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If I Set A Clown On My Lawn

by

Gerardine Baugh

I doubt I am noticed, behind trees, that line of pond, in my front yard.
I turn...

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Falling in Love

by

Margaret Fieland

My mother
sank into cold lake water
bit by slow bit,
first up to her ankles,
then her...

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Ever Wonder About Ted Bundy?

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

I wonder how many others are like Ted Bundy.
He bludgeoned his victims so they couldn’t make a...

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Dreamscape

by

Margaret Fieland

Dreams and nightmares roll around,
fantasies I weave at night,
land of dreams I cannot share,
panoramas to...

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Blueberry Jelly

by

Gerardine Gail Baugh

Blueberry jelly
Splattered across the table,
Ingrained in the rug
Flowing patterns spattered on the wall
Sitting in...

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Dandelions

by

Brigitte Whiting


We discussed dandelions in my poetry group. Some grow so tightly their stalkless stems have to be dug up with...

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TAN RENGA and NÎGUIN: : Japanese poetic forms for two or more writers

by

Carol Neillon Malley, Cynthia Reed and Sharon Ammerman

INTRODUCTION
During the recent MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms class, WVU students had an opportunity to explore six forms...

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Dump The Core!

by

Gerardine Baugh

A Prose Poem

It is just after ten at night. Michael changes the channel so Captain...

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The Guinea Pig’s Obsession

by

Louise E. Sawyer


I watch Joy munching on her cat grass, head down she gobbles without stopping. Down one row and up the...

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Tomcat Under Nine Antennas

by

Gerardine Baugh

I stretch out over the back of the couch, lounging soft, boneless skin, soft fur stretched so far...

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Words Done Gone

by

F. Michael LaRosa


F. Michael LaRosa wrote this piece for MFA376. He tells us, it is a blues song in prose that laments...

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A Dream: Must Have Been Something I Ate

by

Gerardine Baugh

A pickle meets the side of the barn. Ignoring the rats. With arms like tendrils, it sneaks its way...

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Stormy Weather

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs


Thunder rumbles, stops and starts again when lightning jags across charcoal coloured skies and splitsinto forks. Raindrops dance...

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Frenzy

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs


Norva hosts an open mic musical fundraiser two days after Christmas so that people who are home for Christmas can...

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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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Late Bloomer

by

Brigitte Whiting

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Kenji Snuggling

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Santa Joy

by

Louise Sawyer

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Joy and Neuron

by

Louise Sawyer

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Bullfrog and Black Butterfly Koi

by

Gevera Bert Piedmont

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Animal Paw Prints

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Milky Way Bonaire

by

Miranda Mulders

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A Dark Welcome

by

Albert Orejuela

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

by

RJ Hembree

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Fog in the Adirondacks

by

Albert Orejuela

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Smew

by

RJ Hembree

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Roadside Attractions

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Rock Formations at Point Lobos

by

RJ Hembree

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Hot Air in the Hudson Valley

by

Albert Orejuela

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Rock and Roll

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

by

RJ Hembree

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Tracking a Tractor

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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One More for the Road

by

RJ Hembree

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Bella in High Key

by

Albert Orejuela

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Chickory

by

Gerardine (Gail) Baugh

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Patterns in Nature

by

RJ Hembree

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Blowing Away

by

Albert Orejuela

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Morning Shot Great Blue Heron

by

RJ Hembree

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Close Up

by

RJ Hembree

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Watchful Budha

by

Gevera Bert Piedmont

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