Thursday, September 7, 2017

Creative Nonfiction Part One: The Myth, The Legend...The Genre

  
Writers of Kern strives for one thing above all else, helping writers—no matter their skill level—achieve their literary goals. In that vein, we’ve selected Creative Nonfiction as the official genre of the 2017 Fall Writing Contest.

Creative Nonfiction is the sugar in our diet, springing up in our newsfeed, movies and coffee tables. It touches everything. We don’t realize how much we’re consuming. Even after a professional highlights our addiction, we toss caution to the wind, devouring more.

Quite simply Creative Nonfiction are true stories well told. It can be an essay, journal article, research paper, memoir, poem or dare I say, tweet? We crave humanity, the villain and the champion. We want truth—but we want it with a pretty bow. Preferably gray instead of black and white.

Creative doesn’t mean fiction, it means literary. Think Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken or Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle. Both true stories. Both filled to the brim with facts. And both brought us to tears.

The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by facts as they are by fantasy.


Join me for Creative Nonfiction Part Two, Memoir vs Literary Journalism

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Price of Membership

Right now, at this lovely minute you can log onto Writer’s Digest and pay over $200 for an honest, third party critique. I, myself, charge anywhere from $350 to $650 depending on the project. 

When you join Writers of Kern, we charge nothing for critique groups. 
Zero. 
Nada. 
We agonize over our groups. We spend countless hours brainstorming on how to serve our members. We randomly audit and moderate between writers. Twice a year we meet with critique leaders to maintain the caliber of our groups. 

 All of this comes at no cost to you. Never at any time as our membership been worth more.

Psst...you don't have to be local to be a member. We offer online critique groups and workshops.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Upcoming Book Reviews

Twice a month I will post/review an unpublished or self-published book. 
If you'd like your book to be added to the list (or have a recommendation) send me a message.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dear Dan

Dear Dan,

I've been driving around, not knowing what to do. I keep hoping for the miracle, for the phone call that all is right. But you're gone. And the world's a little dimmer.

I'm struggling with the bitter taste of jealous. I only had a few years. I needed more time. So much more time.

You've left a mark, one that's changed my life. You were sent to me, to show me another way. No one else could have wrapped an arm around my shoulder and turned my perspective. Being different wasn't a curse.

You gathered my children and Damon into your embrace, welcoming them to your world of music but it wasn't the symphony that touched their hearts.

It was how you touched mine.

Kindness has a far-reaching, ripple effect. Your acceptance and love changed me, changed my family and changed the community beyond.

I'm scared to battle my illness with one less soldier at my side. You taught me, you showed me how to be a parent, how to love and accept a child who's sick.

It's frightening, in a stigma-filled world, to be without you. You gave me courage to write "the other book." I haven't touched it in weeks. I have your last notes on my desk. It's the last time I'll feel your encouragement. It's the last time I'll read your confidence in me.

I miss you. I'd hoped writing would lessen the pain but it only reminds me of the emptiness. I miss you, I miss you something fierce.

Clarissa

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm here!


I love you all (clients, friends and critique groups) but I also have a looming deadline. I've turned down an indie publisher and am following an editor's suggestion of adding 30,000 words.
I am still sneaking in work for clients and coordinating critique groups (and let's not forget, helping my daughter with her quest to dominate the lipstick world).

June will slow down and I'll be back (I promise!)

--Clarissa

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Get your writing engines ready...


Center for Documentary Studies
Fiction & Poetry
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $65
Prize: $10,000
Info: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/lange-taylor

Ploughshares
Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $24
Prize: $2,000
Info: http://www.pshares.org

Del Sol Press: First Novel Competition
Fiction (Novel)
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $1,500
Info: http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm

One 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Enry Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://www.zone3press.com/books/nonfiction-contest

Writer's Digest
Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $5,000
Info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions

New American Press
Fiction
Deadline: June 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://www.newamericanpress.com

Hidden River Arts
Short Story & Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $17
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Countdown to $100 Amazon Gift Card


It’s not too late to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. This is for everyone who has a book in progress or ready to be published. Nothing centers a story like your pitch. It doesn’t have to be polished to a shine (that’s what we’re here for).

To join, email critiquecamp@gmail.com with your name and the date you’d like to join the online session (April 12th at 7 p.m. or April 13th at 7 p.m.). 

Each session will be recorded and available to download. You must register to get the access code for these sessions. You do not have to attend the live feed (they will be recorded for your convenience).

 This is a free service for all Writers of Kern members. If you’re not a current member you’ll be sent an invoice for $25 that can be applied to your future membership.

Winner will be drawn April 14th and recorded for all participants.

Good luck and happy pitching!