Nancy Willard

  WMO: Why do you write? NW: I remember sitting in a treehouse at ten singing songs and telling myself stories. I cannot remember not writing.    WMO: What themes and ideas do you like to explore? NW: I seem to write a lot about trauma. In my fiction I often have young “coming of age” […]

Why, oh why, was your manuscript rejected?

Last month’s Slush Pile was another inspiring, interesting, and informative session, filled with praise for work well done and suggestions to make work better.   Noah Stetzer (Associate Director, Bull City Press), Tracy Crow (Tracy Crow Literary Agency), and Ty Stumpf (Poet and Humanities Chair, Central Carolina Community College), would have continued to read many […]

Jody Savage

  WMO: Why do you write? JS: When I was a kid, I read an interview with Ray Bradbury where he said the books in the library were his family and he wanted to join them on the shelf.  That resonated with me.  Not to write and publish books seems inconceivable—although as life worked out, […]

Congratulations, Sandra!

Sandra Fisher’s “Fine” won our 2021 One-Syllable Ulta Flash Fiction contest.  To read her story, click on the Ultra Flash Fiction heading, above.

2021 One Syllable Winner: “Fine” by Sandra Fischer

The call she knew would come came. He’s gone, they said. Died in his sleep.   Tears fell, some for joy that he was free. She could let him go at last. In a sense, he’d been gone for six long years since they first heard why his speech was mixed and strange. The words […]

Ekphratic Writing: Ways to Generate Poems and Short Fiction

Ekphrasis: One artist looking at the art of another and finding inspiration through reflection.   When looking at art, we can record what we see in the work either literally or metaphorically. We can record how the art makes us think or feel about the world or about ourselves. We can record information about the […]

Examples of Ekphratic Writing

The Big Push By John Glenday after Sir Herbert James Gunn ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’   Would you believe it, there’s a bloke out there singing ‘When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day’. His audience, a sixty-pounder crew, stand round bleeding from the ears. The Boche are all […]

Ekphratic Writing Exercises 

To begin, select a photograph or a photo of a piece of art, which could be of a painting, sculpture, carving, etc that resonates with you in some way.   Part One Freewriting: 2 minutes. Write a description—visual-only—of what you see in the photograph. Remember to avoid abstract nouns and adjectives; use concrete, specific details. […]

May: Bonnie Olsen

      WMO:  Why do you write?   I started writing to create the book I wanted to read. Simple as that.   WMO:  What have you already written/published?   I’ve written way more than I’ve published, but I do have one short story in an anthology called Carolina Crimes: 21 Tales of Need, […]