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In the latest podcast, Rena interviews Karin Brown, 2nd place winner of the first chapter contest (general fiction category) at Storymakers 2018 and author of the newly released essay, "Falling," published in Segullah. It's about the sweet nostalgia and crumbling heartache that stem from life's seasonal changes. Other essays by Karin Brown can be found here.

Rena and Karin also explore the narrative essay structure with some tips from expert essayist, Sheila Bender. For more information on structuring other types of essays, Crack the WIP highly recommends her book, WritingPersonalEssays:HowtoShapeYourLifeExperiencesforthePage

Also mentioned: TheFemalePersuasion by Meg Wolitzer, (mistakenly referred to as "The Feminine Persuasion" in the podcast), AThreeDogLife by Abigail Thomas, and essays by Colleen Kinder


Sheila Bender. WritingPersonalEssays:HowtoShapeYourLifeExperiencesforthePage. 31st ed., Writer’s Digest Books, 1995.

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