Community Highlights

Susan Vespoli Receives 2 Nominations

November 22, 2022

Congratulations to our instructor Susan Vespoli, who received two nominations this week. Her poem “Before I Knew Adam Had Died” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by New Verse News. Her collection Cactus as Bad Boy was nominated for the Eric Hoffer Award by Kelsay Books.

Donnaldson Brown Publishes in Months to Years

November 14, 2022

Congratulations to Donnaldson Brown, whose short story “Being Human, What Do You Know?” was published in Months to Years. Donnaldson wrote her piece alongside instructor Rudri Patel. 

Catherine Kelley Publishes “Faded: An English Teacher Contemplates Her Love Life” in The Bookends Review

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to Catherine Kelley, whose short story “Faded: An English Teacher Contemplates Her Love Life” was published in The Bookends Review. Catherine wrote this story alongside instructor Barbara Henning. 

Nancy Napier Publishes “How to Hit the Wall and Come Back” in Psychology Today

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to Nancy Napier, whose essay “When You Need a New Mantra” was published in Psychology Today. Be present, be patient, and accept what your mind offers.

Rozanne Charbonneau Nominated for Pushcart

October 18, 2022

Congratulations to Rozanne Charbonneau, whose short story “The Train to Modena: Suzanna’s Story” was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Rozanne worked on this story alongside instructor Giulietta Nardone.

Susan Vespoli Publishes “Letter to My Son’s Too Short Life” in Anti-Heroin Chic

October 7, 2022

Congratulations to Susan Vespoli, whose poem “Letter to My Son’s Too Short Life” was published in Anti-Heroin Chic.

Susan Vespoli Publishes in The Fieldstone Review

October 3, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem “I Want Sugar Again; Stupor” was published in The Fieldstone Review.

Susan Vespoli Publishes in New Verse News

October 3, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem “Police Violence in Reverse” was published in New Verse News. 

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Guts Publishing Open Submissions

UK-based Guts Publishing is seeking memoirs, autobiographies, autobiographical fiction, and other creative nonfiction work. Their preferences include work about art, music, travel, and cyber life, but all topics are welcome. Emerging and experimental writers are encouraged to apply. 

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Aestas Short Story Contest 2021

Fabula Press recently announced its 2021 short story competition, open to writers around the globe. Fiction writers are encouraged to submit a story of 2,000-6,000 words, and the winning story will be awarded US$500. See more details and apply below. 

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Submit to Eat, Darling, Eat

Do you write about mother-daughter relationships? Eat, Darling, Eat explores the cultural intersections of mother/daughterhood, and it’s currently open for 500 word submissions. Take a look at their many wonderful stories, and let us know if you submit your own work!

Clerestory Magazine

Open for Submissions: Clerestory Magazine

Clerestory Magazine, a journal dedicated to spirituality and the human experience, is currently open for submissions. Each publication centers around a certain theme of the human narrative; its current issue concerns Faith, and future issues are planned for Community, Ecology, etc. Stories should be first pitched via Clerestory’s website; all published works receive adequate payment. Take a look at their mission and submissions page!

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Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts

Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts seeks spiritual fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for their biannual publication. Based out of Northeastern University, Pensive seeks to broaden its readers’ understanding of the human spirit: its depth, endlessness, and timeless relationship to the arts. Check out their submission page for more information. 

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Open for Submissions: Moxy Magazine

Moxy Magazine is currently open for submissions. The journal seeks content related to creative nonfiction, including personal essays, critical theory, and travel writing. All submissions must conform to standard British English, and submissions will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks. Take a look at this great CNF project in the U.K.!

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Project Grants for BIPOC Writers – Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers is offering grants to writers living in Detroit, Houston, or New Orleans. Writers must be black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) and have a writing project that requires external funding. These grants will primarily support online literary events and communities; see more details at their website. Applications are due September 30th!

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Short Story Competition – Something Or Other Publishing

Something Or Other Publishing has just announced their first annual short story contest. Writers can submit works of flash fiction, literary fiction, or nonfiction in 25 different categories, and all submitted works will be reviewed by both guest judges and public readers. Winners of this exciting competition will receive both cash prizes and an exclusive publishing opportunity from Something Or Other Publishing. Submit your work by October 10th!

Recent Student Testimonials

Gene Le – Suspense Sells!

Great course! I’m totally new to writing fiction (started just 2 weeks with a friend before this course). Julie is a passionate teacher and great writing editor/critic – her feedback on each scene we turned in really helped to see where sentences could change or scenes could be improved with oomph and feeling. She’s attentive and helped me to push through writing blocks and fears about being inexperienced.

Karen Smith – Suspense Sells!

Julie was great. She was very attentive and courteous as well as insightful and encouraging.

Amona White – Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir

Freesia allowed us space to share our stories and she listened well. I liked that we were given 3 different exercises to showcase what we learned. It was a comfortable group and somewhat therapeutic to be able to share difficult subject matters.

Ramona Howard – Writing the South Asian Ghazal

Shankar Narayan is a good teacher. He is knowledgeable about the subject and provided us with appropriate instruction and examples. I would take another one of his classes.

Jill Thompson – The Watching Eye

Excellent. This is one of the best writing courses I’ve taken anywhere.

Heather Grant – The Watching Eye

This course surpassed my expectations. Barbara always provides mentor texts for each week as well as resource references to help learn whatever genre she is teaching. I would recommend this class for all writers/poets.

Gabriel Padilla – Architecture of the Creative Heart

I absolutely loved this course and I highly recommend it. Mr. Mills is an extremely passionate teacher and has helped my writing immensely.

Tamara Kreutz – Growing Smaller

I really enjoyed this class. It was well-conceptualized and a lot of fun. Tina was very organized, prepared, and pointed in her feedback. Courses Starting Soon:

Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism

September 7, 2022

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

The Ongoing Fiction Workshop

August 31, 2021

Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.

Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction

March 24, 2021

Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.

Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay

September 14, 2022

Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

November 9, 2022

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.