Ellie looked for home and she made one in the arms of a French man. His accent drove her wild, his cologne a faint promise that clung to her clothes, in her bed, on her skin. She loved him, in every way a 22 year-old red-headed stripper from Baltimore could love a client. Years passed and she had a home but she did not want to return to it, to the empty arms of a French man who preferred work to her, to the smell of perfume on his suit, the dullness of his eyes when he looked at her. […]
Tag: Creative Writing
As I was writing PCSR, I struggled because I wanted to use words that brought my world to life. I felt myself resorting to words like “rough” or “glowing” to describe what I was seeing in my head but I felt these words were lacking. This is why it’s important, in my opinion, for every writer to have a thesaurus. I’m not going to say that you, as a writer, should pump up your vocabulary skills like a weight training champion. No, no. What I will tell you is this: there is value in learning new words to use for […]
10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer Write. Write more. Write even more. Write even more than that. Write when you don’t want to. Write when you do. Write when you have something to say. Write when you don’t. Write every day. Keep writing.” ― Brian Clark I recall a conversation I had with an adult when I was a highschooler. I expressed the desire to be a writer and the adult said, “Writing is easy! Anyone can write.” That’s the thing, though. Writing isn’t easy and like every other occupation, you need to continuously hone your skills or refine […]
My little sister, Lena, was sound asleep. I could hear her breathing softly, her nose making tiny whistles as she rolled to her side, gathering her arms and legs into her chest. Her hands were curled into fists as she gripped the blankets possessively. Her long, dark chestnut hair tangled around her face but it didn’t matter. Even in the dark, I knew she was smiling in her sleep. I threw the thick quilt off of my body in a hurry and stumbled out of bed. My left foot was caught in the sheets, causing me to do a graceless, […]
Daniel Lowe teaches writing at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. His fiction and poetry have appeared in West Branch, The Nebraska Review, The Montana Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Writing Room, The Bridge, The Paterson Literary Review, Ellipsis, Blue Stem, Midway Journal, and The Madison Review. All That’s Left to Tell is his debut. Agent: Andy Kifer of The Gernert Company, 136 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 Phone: 212.838.7777 Dan, what can you tell us about yourself? I’m a community college professor and […]
Emily Rodgers is a Pittsburgh-based adjunct English professor at AI, Duquesne University, and the Community College of Allegheny County. Outside of her role as an instructor, Rodgers is a musician who is both singer and songwriter in Emily Rodgers Band. She has been praised by NPR All Songs Considered, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Burgh Sounds, Pittsburgh City-Paper, and Tribune-Review. During our interview, Rodgers talks about balancing life as an instructor and a musician, a juggling act that is no easy task for the faint-hearted. To find out more, visit http://www.emilyrodgers.com.
There’s a place by the sea, Where the Earth drops off suddenly, Swallowed whole by the great blue nothing. You said God made it for you And me. I waited there, hair dancing wildly in the wind. I promised you I’d never come again. You asked, “What could we possibly gain?” I waited until you left to say, “Nothing. Anything. Everything.” I promised myself I’d never return, To that lonely place where I learned, To love you, to lose you. To batter you and bruise you. To abandon you out by the sea. Screaming to the wind, carelessly. I think […]