Ask the Editor: Writing for publication

Q: Is it better to write something, then seek out appropriate publications, or seek out publications and then try to write what they’re looking for?  Or both? — Sean P. Farley, Escondido, California A: When it comes to poetry, essays, stories, and any sort of creative writing, I always say: Write what you want to write, …

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Presenting Patti Marxsen’s “Archaeologies”

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Patti M. Marxsen’s essay “Archaeologies” as an Ashland Creek Press Short.   In this haunting essay,  Marxsen explores the discoveries and losses of a family shattered by divorce. “Archeologists know,” Marxsen writes, “that something precious is always at risk of being lost forever.”  In this essay, Marxsen is …

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Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate — so we went to the Oregon Caves National Monument — literally, into the earth. It turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate the treasure that is our planet. Located in the Klamath-Siskiyou mountains, the caves were discovered in 1874 by a man named Elijah Davidson, …

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Ask the editor: How to create authentic characters

Q: How do you write a first-person character whose voice doesn’t sound like the writer’s own? At some point does the character just take on his/her own life and you, the author, disappear? — J.W., Seattle A: Many writers choose to write in a first-person POV because this voice comes naturally — it’s similar to …

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