I'm a writer who has spent a long time being too timid to call herself a writer. I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, though I have not refined my genre as of yet. I'm looking for a group of writers to help me improve my work and learn how to go about elaborating on some of the fragments that I have written in order to develop them into short stories or novels. In particular, I'm very good a setting a scene or a mood, but I struggle with identifying a central conflict to move the plot along. I love reading surrealism and magical realism and want to incorporate that more into my work.
I'm a professional science writer (and former neuroscientist) who writes fiction and creative nonfiction on the side. I'm looking to join a group of writers who offer each other support, motivation, and critiques. I live outside Portland, Oregon.
I live in San Diego, CA, where I work as an Academic Coach and Creative Writing Mentor for high school students. I hold AAs in English and Creative Writing from Grossmont College, and a BA in English from San Diego State University. I am currently working on a Creative Writing MFA with a focus in Poetry through the low-residency program at Queens University of Charlotte. I was a student editor for The Acorn Review Literary Magazine for four years, including 2 print issues as the Featured Editor. I am looking to connect with other writers for support and workshopping, especially during my off-months from school, as well as building a community that can help improve the after-school creative writing program I supervise for high school students.
I am a retired attorney. I wrote extensively in my former profession, but certainly not fiction or poetry. In retirement I have had only the most casual, amateurish experience with writing fiction and poetry. I am looking to gain more experience, and to obtain critical feedback from others regarding my work.
I have always loved words. I vividly remember discovering poetry in my early years upon hearing Tennyson’s “Lady of Shalott” recited by the character Anne in Anne of Green Gables, and I have been enchanted by the music of language since.
Although I began my undergraduate studies as an English major, I found myself instead studying biblical literature and theology instead. Nonetheless, my love for poetry never dwindled as I translated Hebrew poetry and considered how poetry interprets, presents, and adorns theological claims as well as contributes to theology. My interdisciplinary interests carried me to then study Religion and Poetry at Yale Divinity School where I continued to examine the attempts of poetry to boldly capture the ineffable in the work of Dante, Hopkins, and T.S. Eliot. Not only did my knowledge of poetry expand vastly during the course of my studies, but my own creative interests began to mature. I began to write in earnest.
While at Yale I also had the opportunity to study under the instruction of the poet Christian Wiman as well as participate in a creative writing workshop. Not only did the workshop hold me accountable to completing the projects I had started, but the feedback from both Christian and my colleagues fostered a fresh awareness of my own writing. Any anxiety of sharing my writing with others faded as I came to value the comments and reflections of my fellow writers.
Since completing my master’s degree in New Haven, I have been teaching literature, philosophy, and poetry at a classical high school here in Phoenix, Arizona. Teaching poetry to an audience that often finds poetry intimidating and inaccessible has prompted me to reflect more deeply on what poetry means to me and what I hope to achieve in my own endeavors as a poet. Though often written in solitude, poetry is ultimately a quest for relationship by creating a shared experience through language. Poetry permits people to commune with one another across time and distance; poetry cultivates spaces of connectedness and empathy while simultaneously celebrating the individuality of human voices and diversity of experience. As a poetry teacher, I aim to help my students become attentive and able readers such that the poem might open their hearts to experience things such as love, loss, joy, or wonder. To paraphrase Tennyson, we are truly “a part of all that we have met.” Such “meetings” which may occur through poetry have the power to form the human soul.
Over the last few years, I have continued to read widely and practice writing— often experimenting with forms and styles I encounter in my reading. I hope to find a writing community that will support me as I continue to investigate the possibilities of language and cultivate discipline and depth within my own writing.
I'm looking for a critiue partner with publishing experience in short fiction, personal essays, or middle-grade fiction. Current project: revising a historical MG novel for agent representation. I'm also looking to connect with kindred spirits for mutual support and friendship. I'm a veteran writer with many publications and awards. My debut MG novel was a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. My work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center, TENT Children's Writing residency, and PJ Library. My personal essays explore grief, loss, parenting, and life transitions. I write a monthly blog on living the creative life.
My writing can best be categorized as fitting into the genre/commercial fiction category. Most of my SFF, speculative, mystery, and romance stories feature LGBTQ+ characters. I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in English, and I have been writing for over twenty years. I published two short stories in Sapphic/lesbian-fiction anthologies. I have taken writing courses at the University of Washington and through The Writers Studio and Gotham Writers Workshop. I also taught writing as an adjunct at Fordham University.
Hello! My name's Jack, I'm a 22 year old writer living in Washington, near Seattle. I've written on and off through college, taking several creative writing classes to hone my skills. The most intensive piece I've written was a feature length film script, but I've also written a television script and series bible, as well as short stories and poems.
I often find maintain a habit of writing difficult, thought since I graduate in a few weeks, I'm hoping that I'll have the time and motivation to write more, and I hope that through finding a group of likeminded artists will help me stay motivated in my writing, as well as provide me an outlet for constructive criticism of my work.