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"Women's Hour, YMCA" featured in Kenyon Review Online

"I Second That Emotion" (craft essay) featured in New Ohio Review

Essays

Other Brief Essays

"Advanced Directive to My Future Roommate…"

"Things Gone the Way of Time," recently reprinted in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton)

Essays

Study with Rebecca this summer

Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June 18-25
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Kenyon Review PODCAST with Rebecca

(on memoir, genre-crossing, writing practice, and more)

Podcast

Word Painting Revised Edition: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

New edition includes over 100 writing exercises for all genres.

Word Painting

The Tribal Knot

Rebecca'a newest nonfiction book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is now available from Indiana University Press and Amazon.

Tribal Knot

"Our task as writers...

is not only to pay attention to our world but also to use the materials of the world in extraordinary ways. To do this, we must uncover the subtle design, the "figure in the carpet" that is woven into even the most everyday events. Often we must proceed without knowing what form the work will finally take. We write our way into the question, into the mystery. Writing begets more writing; meaning grows on the page."

A Conversation from The Kenyon Review
A Conversation from The Kenyon Review
On genre crossing, violent revisions, and writing from joy-- "the last taboo."
An Interview from River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative
An Interview from River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative

"On Voice Prints, Ghost Thoughts, and Plates Set Spinning."

An Interview from Story in Literary Fiction
An Interview from Story in Literary Fiction
On the journey from Me-More to memoir; truth and fact; what keeps writers going; finger exercises; emotional landscape.
Q and A from Students and Readers
Q and A from Students and Readers

"The reader wants a job to do, wants to complete the text the writer has begun."