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. It originaly appeared in 2003. One of the problems with being a student who is “good with words” is that you may learn early on how to … Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →