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The Grange Hall: Read, Write, Create, Discuss

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Kristen Buckley is the author of one of the wackiest memoirs we ever Memoirvilled, and Stephanie Staal was my blind date for one of the most creatively inspiring lunch meetings I’ve ever had. When I heard they’d banded together to tell personal stories and creative conversations, I knew we were in for something good.
Their virtual [...]

Top 10 User-Gen, Storytelling Sites on Blogs.com

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Blogs.com has been featuring guest bloggers offering their favorites sites in their given field—from Wired’s Chris Anderson to Ning and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen to Craig Newmark of Craigslist and Four-Hour Workweek’s Timothy Ferriss. Good crowd. When the site’s editors asked SMITH for our own must reads, we happily offered “SMITH Mag’s Top 10 [...]

Call For Submissions: The Postcard Project

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

It’s no secret that writing thoughtful, emotionally-affecting fiction comes from the writer’s ability to draw on real life experiences and turn them into something great. Whether these experiences actually happened, or are anecdotes that were told to the writer by friends or strangers, the details and events that eventually make their way into the story must [...]

Sites We Love: What I SHOULD Have Said….

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

We’ve all experienced it before. Somebody makes a particularly cutting remark and you are briefly presented with the perfect opportunity to burn them right back. That is, if you are able think quickly enough. Sadly though, the perfect burn usually doesn’t come to you until later, on your way home that night or walking down the stairs, [...]

Sites We Love: The Nervous Breakdown

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Imagine dozens of writers gathered to post nonfiction, memoir, rants, poetry, criticism, thoughtful analysis, photographs, and true stories in any form on one big, raw, no holds barred website that’s part blog, part soapbox—or as Kip Tobin puts it, sboxlog (I’m going to try to work that into conversations). The site’s called TheNervousBreakdown, and its [...]

Sites We Love: Written On The City

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

“They don’t know you, and it doesn’t matter. They say it anyway, writing on the city itself, because the message is important.”
In the spirit of six-word memoirs, the same less-is-more approach to storytelling can be seen in the urban message graffiti showcased at Written On The City. WOTC’s philosophy is simple and scrawled across their [...]

6 words? Try 17 syllables.

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The six-word memoir might be the “American haiku,” but lovelorn poets and purists can show their true-to-form 5/7/5 skills over at Heartbreak Haiku, a collective story project run by NYU grad student Zanna Marsh. “Your best pals are happy to listen to your rambling, romantic sob stories once, maybe twice. But don’t be tempted to [...]

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