About Mary Kurtz

Mary Kurtz has been a psychotherapist, teacher and coach as well as a Colorado rancher along with her husband. Her newest book is At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place and the West. Her work appears in Farm and Ranch Living, Trail Rider Magazine, Country Woman, and Cats and Kittens. Join her on her website.

First Place Winning Essay – “Why I Write” by Mary Kurtz

Our fall/winter writing contest judge, Molly Tinsley, chose “Why I Write,” a personal essay by Mary Kurtz, as our first-place winner. Molly said in her notes about this essay: “Emotional control of the narrative makes Mary’s experience all the more riveting and poignant. I was swept up by the vivid flow of habitual action interrupted … Continue reading

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Villanelles by Writing It Real Subscribers

It seemed to me that if we copied Thomas’ technique of speaking in paired commands, we might write well.  Although I didn’t expect readers to necessarily write tight villanelles as a result of the exercise (I actually suggested repeating the lines throughout an essay), two Writing It Real subscribers sent me the villanelles they’d created … Continue reading

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