Entries in creative nonfiction (3)


Thanks Black Bear Reading Series and 123 Pleasant St.

Last night I read as part of the Black Bear Reading Series at 123 Pleasant St. Thanks to Howard Parsons and crew for hosting a fun evening of literary entertainment. 

I read from a work in progress, Forgive Me If This Goes Astray, a work of creative nonfiction. And, I got to wear one of my favorite sparkly bird broaches. 

Thanks to Natalie for snapping photos, and to Thomas and Mila, who gave great readings. Mila is part of the crew who created Dr Doctor and has a novel available at Split Lip Press. Check them out.

The Black Bear reading series is taking a summer vacation, but will return as the new semester starts up. 


PSU-Altoona Residency Applications

As a former Emerging Writer in Residence, I'm happy to post this opportunity, which, for me, was one of the best writing experiences I've had:


The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction and creative nonfiction. The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2013 semester (August 26–December 20). The resident writer will also give a public reading and work informally with our English majors. We are looking for a writer with publications of fiction and creative nonfiction in literary magazines. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the work submitted. You will be expected to live in the Altoona area during residency for the Fall 2013 semester. Benefits and housing are not included.


A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred.


How to Apply

The application must consist of a cover letter; a Curriculum Vitae (including resume, teaching experience, publishing history and one or more letters of recommendation); and a writing sample (one story and one essay and/or a 10-page excerpt from a book-length project).


Applicants should submit their inquiries, applications, and additional materials to: Emerging Writer Residency, Ms. Erin Murphy, 212 Hawthorn Building, Pos B-38347, Penn State Altoona, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601-3760.


Review of applications will begin April 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.



If you're writing nonfiction

Do yourself the favor of reading This State of Literature: Secrets and Lies. Great job by the gang at Sundog Lit.