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Writing Creative Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer

A Fiction Writer Faces Her Creative Nonfiction Fears I primarily consider myself to be a fiction writer, but have dabbled in other forms over the years. I spent my teens and early twenties writing mostly poetry. My time spent writing and studying the craft of poetry greatly influenced my future fiction writing. Poetry taught me…

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A Guide to Greatness

About the Author: Tamara Dean’s stories and essays are forthcoming or have appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Guardian, One Story, Orion, The Southern Review, Story Magazine, and elsewhere. Five have been nominated for Pushcart prizes and one was a 2021 National Magazine Award finalist. She’s the author of best-selling textbooks…

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Prufrock Howls: A Look at Inverted Story Arcs in Poetry

Most fiction writers and dramatists are familiar with the classic story arc: an inciting moment, rising action, climax, and resolution. Poems, while not always plot driven, contain story arcs as well. Here we will look at two examples of atypical story arcs: poems with falling action, and narrative momentum that is cyclical—in what I am…

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