The Art of Nonfiction: A Column

Job Posting for a Writer in Today’s Publishing World by Vicki Entreken

Job Posting for a Writer in Today’s Publishing World by Vicki Entreken

JOB DESCRIPTION Today’s Publishing World has an opportunity for a highly motivated writer who has strong typing skills, takes pride in the written word, and can brew a robust cup of coffee. The right person will be working on unspecified assignments involving zero travel. Today’s […]

On Moments by Vicki Entreken

On Moments by Vicki Entreken

The holidays are here and daily routines are affected. Cooler weather has prompted sweaters and boots. Lights and decorations pop up everywhere, and lines are longer. Whether you rejoice or not, you can’t help but feel that the air is different this time of year. […]

When They Are No Longer Here by Vicki Entreken

When They Are No Longer Here by Vicki Entreken

Early one morning, as the first rays of sunlight stole through the windows bordering the front door of my home, I rounded the corner into the hallway. I’m used to seeing the sun fill this hallway with so much light that it reflects off the […]

Rejected by Vicki Entreken

Rejected by Vicki Entreken

I recently cleaned out some old files of stories that I’d submitted more than ten years ago, before I went back to school to study creative writing. Those stories. Oh dear. I’d like to send my deepest apologies to the editors of Seventeen Magazine, Redbook, […]

Fictionating Creative Nonfiction by Vicki Entreken

Fictionating Creative Nonfiction by Vicki Entreken

Okay, so I made up the word fictionating. We have to have some license as nonfiction writers, to occasionally make stuff up, right? Maybe. As creative nonfiction writers? Absolutely. This doesn’t mean we get to fudge on the facts, or mislead readers, just to make […]

Write shit. Then write. By Vicki Entreken

Write shit. Then write. By Vicki Entreken

“What no wife of a writer understands is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.” – Burton Roscoe Before I took my writing life seriously, I lived in the banking world. Productivity and quality were the lifelines to how much cash […]

Recipe for a Creative Writing Workshop by Vicki Entreken

Recipe for a Creative Writing Workshop by Vicki Entreken

Impress classmates and your professor with this creative homemade piece! PREPARATION TIME: 1 week INGREDIENTS: 1 short story or essay, written by you 17 parts critical feedback, divided 1-2 pp. Creative Writing Workshop Guidelines Comments, cut into 1” margins 1 printer (or access to one) […]

To Air is Human by Vicki Entreken

To Air is Human by Vicki Entreken

“The secret truths I’d left out of the book became larger than the confessions within.” —Linda Joy Myers, from Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness Remember the saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at […]

Are We All Headed for the Bargain Bin? by Vicki Entreken

Are We All Headed for the Bargain Bin? by Vicki Entreken

During a recent visit to a campus bookstore, I found the bargain bin of literature. Novels, short story collections, and poetry books slapped with ugly red 50% off stickers, and shoved into the bottom shelves of the book rack. I recognized some of the names […]

In Case of Infection by Vicki Entreken

In Case of Infection by Vicki Entreken

When you happen upon a great piece of writing, you want to read it again. A passage that sings with language or moves you in ways that leave you wanting more, or wanting to experience it again. Whenever that used to happen to me as […]