The gift of nonfiction is the ability to share human experience through story. I find that when I’m most uncomfortable writing my emotional truth, the work has the biggest reaction with readers.

—Lauren Mauldin

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“The pen is not so different from the camera.” Writers and photographers both have the ability to show the world what things look like from their perspectives. We have a lot of power to take what we see and shape it to evoke certain feelings or responses. The lighting, composition, focus, and frame of a photograph can all influence the photograph’s message. Similarly, word choice, structure, and what details a writer chooses to include all can be used to guide the reader in a certain direction. 

—Alexia Kemerling

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"In the end, we have to feel responsible for our own writing growth, and not fall into "echo chamber" mode, where one school or style may be popular, a handful of authors may appear to dominate a certain writing scene or genre, so we run to those, and then a while later, run to something else that is said to be all the rave."

—Chila Woychik

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Oh, I wish I’d been born a poet! It does help me remember to go way down, past the scene, past the sentence, down to the word.

—Melissa Goodnight

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