I've spent a career in journalism and corporate communications. I've written my first novel (environmental fiction) and will begin my second soon. Looking to connect with other writers.
I am a professional technical marketing writer working in the IT industry, and have been writing autobiographic works since I was eight years old. Currently working on a memoir, blogging, and shorter creative nonfiction pieces.
I'm an outdoor writer and environmental journalist. I'm a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and teach a graduate class in environmental journalism at Dartmouth College. I also administer the Robert Traver Fly Fishing Writing Award for the John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing.
I've published two books about fly fishing. The Confluence is a group memoir co-written with six lifelong friends from college. Storied Waters is a narrative about a six-week trip to fly fish in waters made famous in literature and art. I write a monthly column called The Sporting Environment for the Maine Sportsman magazine.
My current project is a departure from outdoor writing and environmental issues (mostly). As of April 2021, I am finishing the first draft of a historical novel called Papscanee about the Dutch colony of Rensselaerswyck in the Hudson River valley during the 1640s near present day Albany. As my first foray into fiction, I am looking for feedback on my storytelling, characters and dialogue. I also want to depict the Native American characters and culture with respect and accuracy, overcoming the strong European colonial and religious bias in the historical record.
My goal is to bring this fascinating period of American history alive to a wider audience. The novel includes fictional and historical characters and imagines the daily lives and interactions between the Dutch colonists and the Mohawk and Mohican Indians amidst actual events based on the documented records of the period (1640s). The two protagonists are Annatje, a young Dutch woman, who becomes friends and trading partners with Capachick, a young Mohican man. Annatje and her husband Jacobus are farmers and fur traders near Papscanee Island. After a flood kills their neighbors, Annatje and Jacobus adopt their friends' orphan children and move their family from their farm to Beverwyck (later Albany) to build an inn and tavern. Historical Dutch characters include Kiliean van Rensselaer, Arendt van Curler, Adriaen van der Donck, Willem Kieft, Peter Stuyvesant and Brant van Slichtenhorst. Historical Indian characters include Papsikenekas, Skiwias (Aepjen), Canaqueese and Agheroense.
I anticipate writing a sequel about Beverwyck in the 1650s and 1660s.
West Trade Review strives to put forth the best contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (memoir/personal essays) and publishes a mix of established and up and coming writers. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and want to hear from underrepresented voices of all types.
We like works that are edgy and affect us intellectually and emotionally. We want poems , creative nonfiction (memoir/personal essays), and stories that make the reader think and feel, work that humbles us with its joy, humor, embarrassment, anger, hope, grief, or all of the above. We gravitate toward exquisitely crafted writing that has something important to teach us--something that readers really need to know, but might not have understood this was a need until the last word of the work. Quality of writing, style, and characterization are important to us.
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Would like the stimulus and motivation that working with a group provides. I write poetry, in the main, but enjoy writing in all genres. I have published a poetry chapbook (Toward a Peeping Sunrise, at Prolific Press, 2019) and a poetry collection, Color and Line (Kelsay Books, 2021) which gives some emphasis to ekphrastic poetry. (I am 40% employed, 60% writer.) Have family obligations.
I have reviewed and published reviews chiefly of contemporary poetry collections, but also of some novels. These are published in various literary journals including Arc, CutBank, Dreamers Creative Writing, Eclectica, Into the Void, Compulsive Reader, League of Canadian Writers, Main St. Rag, South 85 Journal, World Literature Today.
I'm a musician, an Oberlin College grad. I'd like to improve my ability to critique and to begin work on some critiques of classical literature.
Hi! My name is Caroline.
I studied English and Creative Writing in college, and miss the opportunity to workshop, create, and get inspired.
I'd love to join a group that could help me to continuously improve my work, and allow me to be engaged with others who love to write!
In the last 4 years or so I've begun to declare myself a writer to others, although I've enjoyed writing for decades. I'm an avid reader, have a curious mind, love exploring "what makes people tick", and have attended / completed writers' workshops, courses, retreats, and authors' meet and greets.
Just belonging to a group dedicated to the craft would bring me joy. My commitment is that the joy will then translate to elevated rigor in the face of my fits and starts.