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Using Fiction Writing Techniques to Enhance Your Creative Nonfiction


To broaden my reading horizons, I’ve recently started helping with the review of nonfiction submissions for a literary magazine. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous to dive into that slush pile at first. Sure, I read nonfiction every now and then—from memoirs to the occasional New Yorker piece—but I’ve never attempted to write it (I’m more of a poetry and fiction kind of gal). So how in the world was I going to tackle other people’s creative nonfiction? How would I know what was good enough to pull from the slush pile?

5 Benefits of Volunteering for a Literary Magazine


Around the time I was getting ready to graduate with my BA in English, I made the decision not to pursue an MFA. Although I knew I had made the right decision for myself, I still didn’t know how I could be part of a writing community without going back to school for it (cue some panicking on my end). Luckily, around that same time, I found a post online about volunteer positions at Carve (a literary magazine named after the great storyteller Raymond Carver). The best part about the posting? I didn’t need to have an MFA to volunteer! Just a passion for words and a good sense of the magazine’s style.

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5 Things to Include On Your Author Website


Snazzy author photo? Check. List of all your books? Check. Alright, you have everything you need for your author website. Time to go live, right? Not so fast!

Having an author website is like owning your own little corner of the internet and it’s important to set it up in a way that showcases your work while also encouraging reader engagement.

Before hitting “Publish” on your brand new author website, check out these five things you should include.