About Sandra Hurtes

Sandra Hurtes' work has appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, , The Washington Postand Women in Judaism. She's an adjunct professor in New York City. Her newest book is The Ambivalent Memoirist: Obsessions, Digressions, Epiphanies. Visit her website to learn about her blog and other books.

People Who Write — Sandra Hurtes’ Story of Blog to Book

Sandra Hurtes created a blog, felt she had a book there, and engaged in the process of selecting and shaping the entries and adding to the material to create a book-length account of herself as writer.  The result is the very recently published The Ambivalent Memoirist: Obesessions, Digressions, Epiphanies, which has already garnered praise and … Continue reading

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On Writing Memoir: Obsessions Digressions and Epiphanies

Sandra Hurtes is the author of the essay collection, On My Way To Someplace Else and the chapbook RESCUE. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Poets & Writers, among other publications. You can find links to her work and a link to her new blog, Chasing the Present Moment. … Continue reading

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An Interview with Personal Essayist Sandra Hurtes

Learning what keeps other writers on task with particular pieces that are difficult to finish affirms for me that as a writer, I must obey the call of the initial inspiration, even if obeying that call means sitting down again and again through draft after draft to find what I was meant to discover. It … Continue reading

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Why I Write: Essayist Sandra Hurtes’ Thoughts

Inspired by the “Why I Write” column in Poets and Writer’s magazine, essayist Sandra Hurtes examined her answer to that question, which is in the title of the following essay that appeared on October 9, 2011 in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Those of us who write, especially those of us who came late to allowing writing … Continue reading

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A Quiet Ache

This essay, which won an American Jewish Press Award, originally appeared in the April 2004 Hadassah Magazine, April 2004. It is included in a collection of essays by Sandra Hurtes, On My Way To Someplace Else, that will be out next month from Poetica Publishing Company. Pre-orders may be made at OnMyWayEssays@yahoo.com. The price is … Continue reading

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Pursuing the Dream of Publishing Personal Essays

The following conversation with essayist Sandra Hurtes helps us all realize that we have it in us to pursue the dream of publishing our essays. We need to stick with it, listen to others, and find the publications that are seeking what we are writing about. SheilaTell me about your writing career — how you … Continue reading

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