About Rebecca McClanahan

Rebecca McClanahan most recently published Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007,>em> Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, which won a 2005 Glasgow prize. She authored Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, and has received the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in fiction, and (twice) the Carter prize for the essay from Shenandoah.

Figuratively Speaking: A Perception of Resemblances

Last week we discussed poems in Rebecca McClanahan’s impressive collection, Deep Light. This week, we hear from her as a skillful user of figurative language and enjoy the exceptional opportunity to learn how to stretch our metaphor making muscles. The following work is an abridged version of Chapter 5 from Word Painting: A Guide to … Continue reading

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Using Private Writing to Locate Your True Subjects

This week’s article is a second excerpt from Rebecca McClanahan’s instructional book Write Your Heart Out: Exploring & Expressing What Matters To You, published by Walking Stick Press. One of the problems with being a student who is “good with words” is that you may learn early on how to be glib, how to say … Continue reading

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Private Writing as Playroom

This week’s article is an excerpt from Rebecca McClanahan’s instructional book Write Your Heart Out: Exploring & Expressing What Matters To You, published by Walking Stick Press.  This season, as we watch children in an environment where everything seems transformed, we re-experience the magic of childhood.  Rebecca McClanahan’s thoughts and advice help us retrieve the … Continue reading

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Book Marks

Recently I interviewed poet and essayist Rebecca McClanahan for a book on essay writing that I am finishing for Writer’s Digest Books.  When I told her that I had reviewed her essay “Book Marks,” which I’d found in Best American Essays 2001 for Writing It Real subscribers, she offered to allow me to reprint the … Continue reading

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