“My feckless Googling had reaped a monstrous reality that I knew was going to haunt me for the rest of my life,” Douglas Preston writes in Wired about a nostalgia-induced online search for his childhood best friend that leads him into some unexpectedly dark territory. This week, think about a time when you inadvertently uncovered something (good or bad) you weren’t meant to know—perhaps you overheard a conversation about yourself or someone close to you, followed an Internet search that spiraled to an unintentional conclusion, or submitted an online DNA kit without considering the consequences. Write an essay about the discovery and the actions you took as a response. Did you confront this new truth or carry on as if you had never learned it?
The essayist on the journals that published essays from her debut collection, When You Learn the Alphabet.
A roundup of four new anthologies, including Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers edited by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn.
The author uses the 1965 novel Stoner as a catalyst for sharing his own struggles as a writer, father, and husband grappling with his own mortality.
“Lyrical essays are more like jazz than a concerto. The idea that lyrical essays are more poetic than logical has allowed authors to play fast and loose with the truth,” writes GD Dess in his Los Angeles Review of Books review of Elisa Gabbert’s essay collection The Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018). Think of a current conflict or issue in your personal life that remains unresolved—perhaps you are uncertain where exactly the truth of the matter lies. Write a lyric essay that engages with the seemingly solid facts of the topic, but allow yourself the freedom to veer into stream of consciousness and follow a “more poetic” logic.
Ike’s Canyon Ranch offers weeklong workshops for fiction and creative nonfiction writers on a 67-acre ranch in the foothills of Toquima Range, surrounded by national forest in the high plains desert of central Nevada. “Silk Gowns and Cowboy Hats” will be held from July 21 to July 27 for prose writers. “Novel Intensive” will be held from September 22 to September 28. “5.5 Days of Flash” will be held from October 6 to October 12. All workshops will be taught by fiction writer Robin McLean. Visiting writers include Rebecca Starks in July and Lenore Myka in September.
Ike’s Canyon Ranch Workshops, P.O. Box 847, Eureka, NV 89316. (775) 761-7777.
Ike’s Canyon Ranch offers residencies from June 16 to June 29, July 7 to July 20, and September 1 to September 21 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 67-acre ranch in the foothills of Toquima Range, surrounded by national forest in the high plains desert of central Nevada. Writers will be provided with private or semi-private lodging, private writing space, and a shared bathroom; meals are not included. The ranch can accommodate four writers at a time. Residents will have the opportunity to work with resident writer Robin McLean.
Ike’s Canyon Ranch Residencies, P.O. Box 847, Eureka, NV 89316. (775) 761-7777.