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What’s Your Process? Fiction Readers Respond

07 October 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

One of my favorite parts of an MFA program is getting to know other writers on a more nuanced level--beyond interpersonal interactions or their work alone. I get to know...

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The Value of Sad Stories

23 September 2020 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

I grew up in a laughing house. Granted, it was sometimes a yelling house, or a screaming house, or a crying house – but the important thing was, my family...

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What We Look For in Poetry Submissions

05 March 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

Here at Barnstorm, our poetry readers and editors have varied tastes and interests, but we all share a love for poetry. Read on below to hear what each of our readers...

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What We Look for in Fiction Submissions

27 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the tale “The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle.” I was captivated by the question King Arthur must answer to save...

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What We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions – Strong Beginnings

19 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart We know this: essays that move readers and stay with them need...

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The Pile of Skulls

27 November 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

For five years, I’d been collecting rejection emails in a special inbox folder titled “The Pile of Skulls”. When the total approached one-hundred and thirty, the accumulated despair made me...

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Finding Poetry When You’re Stuck

13 November 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

Some weeks writing comes easy. Like a gift a context or idea appears and you run to the computer, journal, grocery receipt and draft out a poem quickly before it...

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MFA Kung Fu

30 October 2019 on Storystorm

At the end of the summer, when the New Hampshire sky was a bright blue, I started my MFA program in creative nonfiction. When preparing for this new adventure in...

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Mystery in Poetry

23 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

Maybe it’s because it’s autumn now—it’s darker out and the neighbors' Halloween decorations are up and all the tourists have gone home so the seacoast is hushed—but I’m thinking about...

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Does Taking a Break Mean You’re a Lazy Failure?

17 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

This past weekend, I was going to be super productive. I was going to revise an old story, draft the first few pages of a new one, write this blog...

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The Deadline Dilemma

10 October 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

I work best on a deadline. When I’m feeling charitable, I tell myself it’s the journalist in me. Years of working under pressure, all those late nights in the newsroom....

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Entering the World of Poetry: The Lines that Changed Me

02 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

In my poetry form and technique class we were discussing the lines that changed us, that made us into writers. This conversation stemmed from reading Light the Dark edited by Joe...

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