Category Archives: Literary Gallery

The Crack-Up

I have been following the work of Sarah White on True Stories Well Told for a few years now. I recently read her essay “The Crack-Up” and felt that it would resonate with many Writing It Real members who are writing about family. I am pleased to have received Sarah’s permission to post the article this week.…Continue Reading

Writing the Cause and Effect Essay

Sometimes we think a topic is so important or so big that we don’t know how to begin writing about it. That’s when using age-old styles of organization can help us figure out how to say what we didn’t know we could. One such style you can use for organizing and conjuring material for a…Continue Reading

In Appreciation

One day, I created a writing exercise for myself by opening the dictionary to a random page. With my eyes closed, I circled my finger over the page until it landed on a word. I read the definition and wrote the word at the top of a blank Microsoft Word document. It was “hagioscope,” which…Continue Reading

Sarah Pleydell – An Excerpt from her Novel Cologne and Words on Her Writing Process

Goodreads describes Sarah Pleydell’s novel Cologne this way “London, 1960: Renate von Hasselmann, a nineteen-year-old German au pair, arrives at Victoria Station prepared to meet her new charges, Caroline and Maggie Whitaker. Yet she is ill-prepared for their parents: the mother, Helen, knows more about Nazi Germany than Renate does, and the father, Jack, disarms…Continue Reading