Faye Rapoport DesPres

Catching up on some writing news

Can the first week of August really be over? Apparently, yes. I started the summer with a trip to Alaska and have spent time since then working, writing, reading, and getting ready for the fall semester at Lasell College. I’ll be teaching “Intro to Creative Writing” and “Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop” this fall; I re-developed the CNF course into a hybrid class that will include one online exercise and one face-to-face meeting each week.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 3.45.58 PMIn the meantime, I have some news from my own writing life. First, Red Earth Review’s July 2016 issue is now available online. The issue includes some wonderful work by a wide variety of great writers, and I’m honored that my short fiction story, “Capture the Moon,” is among those included. The print version of the journal is on the way, as well, for those who like to hold a book in their hands and savor each piece slowly on paper.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 3.47.36 PMI also learned recently that one of my personal essays, “Fall (Barn Rising),” has been chosen as a top ten creative nonfiction finalist in the Tiferet 2016 Writing Contest. The finalists in three categories — poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction — are listed here. Good luck to the writers listed; I think each finalist can be considered a winner, whether or not his or her piece is chosen for the top prize. I’m in great company — many thanks to the preliminary readers.

In a couple of weeks a guest blog post I wrote for Superstition Review will be up online. I developed the post as a reflection on my trip to Alaska in relation to writing, and I’ll post the link here when it’s up.

I hope everyone is having a peaceful, happy, and productive summer.