I have been a digital non-fiction writer for as long as I can remember now, and I have recently made the switch into fiction. As a relatively young fiction writer with borderline unrealistic aspirations which my ambition would never allow me to consider unrealistic (crazy delusional thing, ambition), I'm looking to meet other writers in different milestones of their writer journeys and learn as much as I can from their stories and the paths they've treaded on. Apart from being new to the world of fiction I'm also new to this crazy concrete jungle of a city and I would love to socialise with writers from all walks of life in any way, shape or form this pandemic allows us to.
Poetry has been my preferred writing genre as a harried mother, wife, divorcee, grandmother with too many outside interests. The focus
on a moment's experience, emotion, observation served me well for decades. I've self-published a single volume of mixed forms and styles, "Wind Perceptions: Turning Base", reflecting on my teaching, traveling, parenting, piloting experiences. I've a second collection almost ready, and hopefully it won't be so unweildly. I tried my hand for several years working on a novel that is still haunting me, but
I'm struggling with form and conclusion. I was doing well, thinking of ending it in a pandemic, but then came "Stations Eleven", and a sort of pandemic following that, and it became trite as a conclusion. Anti-climactic, I suppose!
I'd like to work with others who need a reader who will be both kind and honestly inquiring, suggesting. Most of us have been to workshopping sessions that inspire us to write more, to make a few more excellent revisions, to "pour it into another form", or "put more of yourself into it", or "I'd like one more line to explain that." And we've also been to sessions that shut us down indefinitely. I haven't experienced too much of the latter, but some. A dismissive tone can feel crippling.
In divided times like these, open minds and hearts are a must. I seek voices shared, not shrieked.
Based out of a small Quaker school in the Pacific Northwest, we showcase the writing and art of new and upcoming artists and writers. Published once a semester, the magazine includes poetry, prose, photography, illustration, and digital media.
I am a Black Disabled writer who recently moved to Goldsboro, NC. I am not picky about what I write and am interested in learning how to write new things/forms. Am also interested in revision, critique, and accountability. Also some fun! (because like the saying goes... "all work and no play...") I have participated in NaNoWriMo and NaPoMo. I enjoy writing poetry, fiction, and CNF. I have projects that I wish I could finish (as in publish) and would love a virtual group to write with that may transition to in-person as restrictions around COVID-19 begin to lift in Wayne County.
I am a published poet and have been writing poetry for decades. I would like to transition into writing longer works of fiction, specifically I am looking for people who write science fiction and fantasy but I like literary fiction and dirty realism.
Hello everyone....I'm Charley Springer and in 2019, had my first collections of poems entitled JUICE published by Regal House Publishing. You can visit my website at https://www.charlesspringer.com and get a taste of what's inside JUICE. It is totally non-alcoholic but as you read some of its poems, you may have doubts! Cheers
These past few years I have written and published mostly prose poems. This form works for me ninety percent of the time. They reflect how the poem is born and I so much enjoy the process.
HOW I WRITE
It's rare I read without being led to write, which some might say prevents me from simply enjoying another writer's words. The writers, most often poets, particularly prose poets whose work I cling to over and over will see me stop in the middle of a passage to grab a pencil and piece of paper to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible for they can be fleeting and I forget easily anymore. Friends say it's age! These thoughts are usually the beginning of something of my own, something big, reflective of a real experience or as I soon discover, something I've probably made up. Sometimes it's hard to tell! With this all happening, I've put down the book and may not pick it up again for days. This book and others I keep by my bed, I usually only read at night and some nights, they read me and themselves to sleep. When I get up in the morning and over a cup of something hot, I type what I have scribbled in the dark into Word, the Office program, not the sacred text and this Word file is what I'll read and edit and revise for days. Half the time I'd say it finishes into something good. What doesn't, get tossed.
HOW I FEEL ABOUT NOT WRITING
For years I belonged to a local writer's group, mostly poets, a few short story writers, a memoirist or two and all were academics except me. I learned so much from them by simply listening and I came to love them all. We were, for the most part, eager and very productive, bringing something we've written to nearly every Thursday night meeting to read aloud and have critiqued. I recall one spring I hadn't written anything for weeks and the group got a little concerned. I finally told them, hey, it's okay, it'll happen when it happens. And it did late that summer and I couldn't stop. Writing was all I did. My point is write when you want, write when you can and when you can't, go mow the lawn or wash the car. Particularly the lawns and cars of those in the writing group who are too busy writing.
Pine Hills Review publishes artful, honest, and compelling work of new and established writers, from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to visual art, interviews, and experimental, cross-genre work.
Send your best work, of course. More specifically, send work that are the outcasts in your own work, that other places won't publish.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia and commuted by train to the Pentagon to work on defense budgets. To keep my sanity, I wrote short stories. More than two dozen magazines published them. I eventually escaped the long commute and politics to move to New Bern, North Carolina. A place my wife and I had never been to before. Here, I belong to several writing groups and I volunteer at a few non-profits that include writing grants for them. Last year I self-published my first scifi YA novel and plan this year to publish a literary/satire novel about train commuters.
I'm not sure what I'm looking for in a writing group. Maybe some shared critiquing or just a conversation.
I am looking for a small group of published writers with whom I can share ongoing work for discussion, critique, and publication ideas. I am originally from Pakistan, and it has not been always easy to find publishers for poetry that draws upon the Pakistan-American cross-cultural sensibility or experience, or to market translations from Pakistani literature. I have mostly had my books published by outfits outside the USA, and am interested in introducing my work here. Except in a limited way, I also lack a serious creative writing community that I could be a part of here. I would like to come in contact with people who are well-invested as writers, editors, and/or translators in the American literary scene and can help me see my work with different eyes. I hope to bring a similar perspectival difference to the group with my own background and understanding of literature and literary appreciation. Here's a brief profile of mine: Waqas Khwaja has published four collections of poetry, Hold Your Breath, No One Waits for the Train, Mariam’s Lament, and Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum, a literary travelogue, Writers and Landscapes, about his experiences as a fellow of the IWP, and three edited anthologies of Pakistani literature, Cactus, Mornings in the Wilderness and Short Stories from Pakistan, presenting a selection of work originally written in English as well as poetry and fiction from Urdu and Punjabi in English translations he undertook especially for these publications. He served as translation editor (and contributor) for Modern Poetry of Pakistan, a project jointly sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Pakistan Academy of Letters, which showcases the work of 44 poets from seven of Pakistan’s national and regional languages. He has guest-edited a special issue of scholarly articles on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies and another on Pakistani poetry for Atlanta Review. A regular contributor to The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, The Pakistan Times, News International, The Nation, and The Friday Times between 1983 and 1992. Khwaja was a practicing lawyer and visiting professor of law in Pakistan before migrating to the U.S. in 1993 to pursue an academic career in literature. He has published articles and essays on writers from a variety of linguistic and literary traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. He is the Ellen Douglass Leyburn Professor of English at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses in Postcolonial World literature, British Romanticism, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Victorian poetry and fiction, Literature and Leadership, and Creative Writing. He has a Ph.D. in English from Emory University, LL.B. from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore, and an honorary fellowship from the International Writing Program (IWP), University of Iowa. His poems and translations have appeared in US, Pakistani, Indian, European, East Asian and Far Eastern publications, literary journals, and anthologies. Khwaja regularly organizes poetry readings for social and political causes and arranges open public readings annually at Agnes Scott College as part of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change” project.