Awakening the Travel Journal Keeper Within

 In 2008, I published a version of this article based on the writings authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Robert Hellenga contributed to my 1991 book The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals. Both writers talked about a way in which the entry they share in the book ended up in a finished piece of writing.…Continue Reading

On Gillian Herbert’s Winning Essay “Stark Scenes”

Gillian Herbert is our fourth winner in the recent Writing It Real contest. Our judge Stan Rubin commented about his selection of Gillian’s “Stark Scenes” this way: “A sequence of poignant vignettes that evoke a painful time period and add up to a kind of triumph. Clear, economical writing. The need for escape, the nature…Continue Reading

Another Fall/Winter Winner: Afrose Ahmed’s “the world did end…we just didn’t notice”

Our fall/winter contest judge Stan Rubin was struck with the lyric qualities in Afrose Ahmed’s entry, “the world did end…we just didn’t notice.” He wrote in his comments: “A gorgeous piece of lyrical writing. The odd but wonderfully sustained angle of vision—post-apocalyptic, witty, and liminal all at once—establishes its own rhythm and deepens to revelation.…Continue Reading