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Paul Rousseau

Sitting with a Dying Physician

The smell of sickness saturates the room. A vomit basin, half full, lies on Mary’s lap. Her thin lips quiver. “I can’t eat or drink anything.” She shakes an unused cup of melting ice in her right hand; a tangle of tubes and wires jostle. She grabs an ice cube ...
Ghost

Ghost

I live in a world of spirit. Each day I am sober is miraculous and terrifying. Each day I am sober should not be. I am a ghost who walks and breathes. *** I am in the cafeteria of an inpatient rehab that locks its doors at night and lets ...
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Captains of the Mother Ship

At the Four Seasons residential community in Clifton, New Jersey, you can go for a walk. But make sure you bring a key fob. If you decide to take the stairs instead of the elevator and you do not have a key fob, you may get locked in the stairwell ...
Your House Will Pay | Recommended by Joseph Lapin

Your House Will Pay | Recommended by Joseph Lapin

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha Steph Cha is one of my favorite writers in Los Angeles, and her latest book, “Your House Will Pay,” is an exceptional read about the impact of the LA Riots generations after the fact. I think this is a classic in the Los ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Joseph Lapin

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Joseph Lapin

Joseph Lapin is an author and creative living in San Diego, CA, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Salon, Huck Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review, and Narratively selected his memoir, 'Just Get in the Ambulance,' as one of their top-ten ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | mnsurratt@gmail.com

SELFIE INTERVIEW | mnsurratt@gmail.com

Over the years, Marshall Surratt has committed himself to writing about or photographing people who have sought to make a difference, including Rosa Parks, Anne Braden, Pete Seeger, Wendell Berry, and Wes Jackson. Other times he has turned attention to his family lore, to sort out past wrongs and attempts ...
Braiding Sweetgrasss | Recommended by Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Braiding Sweetgrasss | Recommended by Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Braiding Sweetgrasss by Robin Wall Kimmerer Never had I thanked a tomato plant when picking its fruit, but after reading Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, I say thank you and think about what I can give in return to the plant. As an educator dedicated to children experiencing nature, this ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jennifer Moglia Lucil

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Jennifer Moglia Lucil is a writer, outdoor teacher, and intrepid parent of twin teenage boys. Her southwest home has taught her about reciprocity with the natural world, while her New York and Massachusetts families have taught her to recover her roots in order to take imaginative flights. Jennifer's work has ...
Braiding Sweetgrasss | Recommended by Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Braiding Sweetgrasss | Recommended by Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Braiding Sweetgrasss by Robin Wall Kimmerer As an educator who is dedicated to young people learning in nature, I appreciate this indigenous author/scientist's passion about the natural world. Never had I thought of saying thank you to the tomato plant when I picked its fruit. Now I say it and ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jennifer Moglia Lucil

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Jennifer Moglia Lucil is a writer, outdoor teacher, and intrepid parent of twin teenage boys. Her southwest home has taught her about reciprocity with the natural world, while her New York and Massachusetts families have taught her to recover her roots in order to take imaginative flights. Jennifer's work has ...
As a River | Recommended by Ann Beman

As a River | Recommended by Ann Beman

As a River by Sion Dayson I have reviewed this book and interviewed author Sion Dayson for The Museum of Americana, and I've continued to recommend the book whenever asked, for its portrayal of conflicted characters and of a haunting rural South landscape. In my review, I say, "The novel’s bittersweet ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Ann Beman

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Ann Beman

Ann Beman is Tahoma Literary Review's nonfiction editor and also serves as prose reviews editor for the Museum of Americana online journal. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, Mojave River Review, and some other cool places. But nowhere's as cool to her as where she lives with two ...
The Beginning of His Eventful and Excellent Career | Recommended by Tim Fitts

The Beginning of His Eventful and Excellent Career | Recommended by Tim Fitts

The Beginning of His Eventful and Excellent Career by Cameron MacKenzie This novel explores the pressures and conditions of both love and evil that spark an uprising against oppression.  We get the spark where the violence against one's family calls for a violent reaction, but the once the action is ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Cory Johnston

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Cory Johnston

Cory Johnston is a writer, editor, and teacher from northern New Jersey. He holds an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been involved with FDU's international literary magazine, The Literary Review, since 2012, including serving five years as Books Editor. Outside of the literary world, you're likely to find ...
After James | Recommended by Cory Johnston

After James | Recommended by Cory Johnston

After James by Michael Helm This is one of the most ingeniously devised and constructed speculative novels I have had the pleasure to read. If you look to literature for curiosity, awe, and wonder - that dizzy vertigo that comes from pushing up against the limits of our world - ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Caren Morrison

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Caren Morrison

Caren Morrison grew up in France and was a music journalist for Melody Maker in London for seven years. After staying up all night in Barcelona with Green Day and touring Scotland in a tiny van with Courtney Love, she decided to become a lawyer. She graduated from Columbia Law ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | BillYarrow

SELFIE INTERVIEW | BillYarrow

Bill Yarrow is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and Introduction to Film. He is the author of five full-length volumes of poetry (ACCELERANT from Nixes Mate Books, AGAINST PROMPTS from Lit Fest Press, THE VIG OF LOVE for Glass Lyre Press, ...
Revenge of the Asian Woman | Recommended by Alexa Doran

Revenge of the Asian Woman | Recommended by Alexa Doran

Revenge of the Asian Woman by Dorothy Chan This collection is visceral, sexy, and bursting with flavor. There is an energy here that rarely finds its way into poetry. Readers who want to eat poems like cake should read this collection. (Diode Editions) Alexa Doran is the author of the ...

Submit Your Fiction

We accept previously unpublished and polished prose up to 8,000 words year round, unless announced otherwise.  We are always looking for tightly woven short works under 2,000 words and short-shorts around 500 words. No multiple submissions but simultaneous is fine as long as you withdraw the submission asap through the submissions system. During the summer and winter months, we run our Writers Are Readers, Too, fundraiser when submissions are open only to subscribers. During the fall and spring, we open submissions for regular unsolicited submissions. Submit 

Workshops

Join us for workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more, including 30 Stories in 30 Days, Magic Realism, Short Story, Short Short Story, Novel: From Start to Finish, One on One Workshop and more. 

ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOPS | Fiction, Poetry, Essays & More

The Novel Workshop

The Novel: From Start to Finish

Create Unforgettable Characters. Unforgettable characters are the heart of an unforgettable narrative. Using a number of guided structural and narrative explorations, you will explore your characters and ask your characters ...
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[Em]Powering Self Workshop: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Hybrid Narratives

[Em]Powering Self Workshop: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Hybrid Narratives

Welcome to the "Evolving Origins Workshop." In this course you will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both your own and others, inform your writing voice. You'll add additional "writing ...
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Magic Realism Workshop

Magic Realism Writing Workshop

Magic Realism is the sweet spot between realism and the fantastic. In this course, you will read short works and excerpts from foundational magic realism authors such as Virginia Woolf, ...
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The Undead Workshop

The Undead Workshop

We will read and view excerpts of undead works such as Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Day of the Dead, The Walking Dead and more ...
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30 Stories in 30 Days Workshop

30 Stories in 30 Days Workshop

In "30 Stories in 30 Days" you will write, write and write some more using favorite writing prompts by published authors and expert writing instructors. In this course, you will ...
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Short Story

Short Story

In this course we will study what constructs the world of the short story: pain, happiness, fear, love, desire, anger, and menace. You will write your characters, settings and scenes ...
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Short Short Story Workshop

Short Short Story Workshop

This workshop explores the tricky art of writing and editing short short fiction (flash fiction), or stories under 1,000 words. Writers of short short fiction face the unique challenge of ...
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Historical Fiction Writing Workshop

Historical Fiction Writing Workshop

The course objective is to prepare writers, of all levels, with the skills necessary to complete a historical fiction — short story or novel chapter. We will explore a variety ...
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Breaking Books:  How to Get Started as a Book Reviewer

Breaking Books: How to Get Started as a Book Reviewer

This course will walk students through the basics of writing, pitching, and publishing book reviews. We will discuss the many ways book reviews are valuable for literary citizenship, networking, and ...
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writing workshops

Eckleburg

Eckleburg offers noncredit online writing workshops in fiction, poetry, essays, short stories, the novel and more. The workshops are intended for writers who want to focus on craft in an encouraging, professional, diverse environment. 

What is the course format for the writing workshops?

All courses and lessons are work-at-your-own-pace. When you are ready for individualized feedback—developmental, line and endnotes—from one of our faculty members, submit your work. Instructors have graduate degrees and professional publication experience in their writing workshops focus. Participants may complete assignments anytime. We are open to English-speaking and writing participants both locally and globally and encourage gender and ethnic diversity in our writing workshops. 

Are the instructors good?

Our instructors are published in and have graduate coursework completed in their course focuses. They come to you with formal training, and they promise to put their expertise to work in support of your narrative strengths while helping you identify areas of narrative need. Instructors have attended and graduated with creative writing and teaching degrees from Iowa Writers Workshop, Johns HopkinsYale, BrownHarvardColumbiaNew SchoolNew York UniversitySUNY, Portland, San Diego State UniversityLoyola University Chicago and the University of Oregon. They live in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Ankara, San Diego, LA and Denver. They have taught at Iowa Writers Workshop, Yale, Harvard, Florida State, USC, Johns HopkinsIowa’s International Writing ProgramFloridaWashingtonTexasNew York UniversityBenningtonthe University of Illinois at Chicago and more. Several of them are award-winning and with books out. They have been interviewed and published in The Paris Review,  The New YorkerAtlantic Monthly, McSweeney’sThe RumpusThe Nervous BreakdownThe New York Times, Salonand more. They have won and been shortlisted for many awards. What they all share is an eye for innovative storytelling with a solid narrative structure as well as a focus on personal voice. Learn more about our individual instructors.

How intensive are the writing workshops schedules?

You will be able to log in and complete the weekly writing workshop prompt, readings, discussion prompts, etc. as it best fits into your schedule, whether you are at home or traveling. The online visual structure of the course makes it easy to read and respond via your desktop, laptop and smartphone.  Submit work for individualized feedback when it is convenient for you and your project.

How do I manage my username and password?

Do you sometimes have difficulty keeping track of your usernames and passwords? At The Eckleburg Workshops, we’ve found that too often our students have not yet organized their usernames and passwords in a safe and handy way. 

There are several good password keepers out and about. We’ve been using 1Password for over two years now and have never had an issue with safety, privacy or accessibility. You can purchase apps for both the smartphone and laptop and then update, save and access your single 1Password account from all of your devices. You even have the option to share individual username and password information with family members, if I wish. We are confident that 1Password not only does the job, but also helps make life much easier with all the work, bills, social networking and more. 1Password, or another app like it, will make a big difference. If you have not yet started a password keeper account, we encourage you to set up a password keeper today.

*This is NOT a paid advertisement. 🙂 1Password has no affiliation to Eckleburg or Eckleburg faculty, except that we’ve been using the products for a few years and feel confident recommending them to students, contributors, readers, family and friends. 

My course requires image submissions. How do I format my images?

PROFILE PIC

Our site uses an image optimizer that will create cookies of images and preload them based upon the account history. Without going into a lengthy explanation, it basically helps the site run more efficiently, more quickly, which is good for everyone. If your new profile photo isn’t uploading, it is probably because the title hasn’t been changed and the system thinks you are uploading the same exact image file. To fix this: 

  1. Change name of the file that is stored on your hard drive—i.e. if the file’s name is “first.last” rename the file to “first.last2.”
  2. Upload the new file with its new title. The system should now recognize the change.

My eyes aren’t so good. How do I adjust the font size on my screen?

If you hold the CONTROL button and push the plus (+) key on your keyboard, COMMAND plus (+) on Macs, you will be able to increase the size of the text on your screen. You can also make it smaller by holding the CONTROL button and pushing the minus (-) key Or COMMAND plus (-) on Macs.

I’m leery of putting my personal information, creative writing and discussion responses online. Is it safe?

We completely understand the concern, and we hold your privacy as a priority at Eckleburg. We promise to never share your work or information with anyone outside Eckleburg staff and you will be able to control what information you share with your writing workshops peers. 

I’m shy about using new software programs on my computer. Are they safe?

We do all we can to ensure that the programs and venues we suggest are safe for your computers. Any software program that we ask you to download, we have downloaded on our own systems first and are comfortable doing so. 

Audacity | Audacity is open source software. We’ve used Audacity on both PCs and Macs for over ten years and have never had issues with Audacity. Many techs, coders and audio/film professionals use Audacity due to its intuitive, easy and free access. There are a few virus scanners that may give you a flag. If this happens, please read this article. There are other audio recording and digital editing software programs from which to choose and you should use the one with which you feel most comfortable. We use Audacity on our PC and Mac systems and are confident it is a good and safe software. 

Which browser should I use?

We recommend using Firefox, Safari or Chrome as your browser. As a general rule, for any website or venue, Internet Explorer tends to have issues if any browser is going to have an issue with a site or page. We use Firefox and Safari primarily, though, we test our Eckleburg Workshops and other arms of Eckleburg on Firefox, Safari, Chrome and IE. If you are having an issue with logging in or any other site issue, it may very well be the browser and/or operating system. Before contacting us, please try using a different browser first.

I am having trouble logging in.

Your login should be the same as always. No changes to your login or account, but there may very well have been an update to your system and/or our system’s securities. This is good. And it’s good that our system is letting you know there has been an update and your cookies need to be updated due to it. We update on a daily basis so that our system and your system are always as secure as possible.

A good fix for any login issue, for any website, is to follow these steps:

  • Log out;
  • Clear cache;
  • Close the browser;
  • Shut down and restart your computer;
  • Open the browser, again (Safari, Chrome or Firefox, avoid IE);
  • Go to the site you are trying to access and login.
If this does not work, contact us through our contact page. Make sure that you always include your operating system and version as well as your browser and version each and every time you contact tech at any website. We’ll have you sorted in no time.

English as a second language (ESL)

If you are not a native English speaker and are still developing your English narrative syntax and translations, please make sure you have secured an individual, in person reader who is a native English speaker or has developed their English to the level of complete mastery. In order for your skilled writing group to give you the best feedback, it is important that your translations are fine-tuned prior to submitting work to the writing workshops group. Please let your instructor know ASAP if English is not your first language and you are still building consistent English syntax. Your instructor will have a number of helpful suggestions for you so to help you build your English narrative voice more quickly and consistently both in and out of the writing workshops.

A note on plagiarism

Eckleburg Workshops follow the same copyright and plagiarism standards and expectations as professional writing and university policies. We know we do not need to remind you, but as policy we must. Plagiarism is the stealing of intellectual properties and will not be tolerated. Any writer caught plagiarizing will be expelled from the course without refund and efforts will be made to alert any editors with vested interest in the plagiarized work. Plagiarism is the copying of three or more words without giving attribution. Plagiarism can also be the paraphrasing or summarization of a concept without giving proper attribution to the original source. In creative and academic papers, this includes all books, journals, websites, film, music, peer works in workshop and so on. It is always best to cite the source and a writer should never use another writer’s ideas or words without first asking permission and then always with citation. If ever in doubt, always ask for direction from your instructor. At the secondary and post-secondary level, plagiarism is a very serious offense and can have you expelled from your university. There are creative commons and public domain exceptions to this rule, but again, you should always seek guidance before using creative commons or public domain works.

Terms & conditions

All Workshop lessons are available as a monthly subscription. They are work at your own pace. One on One Workshops are additional, one time, product purchases for specific word count.

Eckleburg workshop gift certificates

Give the gift of writing to family and friends. Eckleburg Workshop gift certificates are emailed immediately to their recipients and are immediately redeemable for up to one year from purchase. 

Our instructors are all experienced writing instructors and published authors in their course focuses, many of them teaching at top writing programs—i.e. Johns Hopkins, Iowa, NYU, Yale, Columbia and more.

 

Gallery

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Eckleburg

About The Eckleburg Gallery

Since 2010, the Eckleburg Gallery is an online, print and pop up gallery space for contemporary and international artists, including event installations in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston and more. We seek to share provocative art forms in all media through intimate, intellectual moments in which aesthetic and ideas entwine. We are committed to providing artists an international platform to explore form and context in canvas, sculpture, performance, digital media, video, technology and more. We encourage all aesthetics with gender and diversity awarenesses. We also like feminist cowboys.

Submit your portfolio. We look forward to viewing your work.

Gallery | Visual & Intermedia

Send us a link for your online portfolio that includes all the works (at least 3, 10 or more even better) that you would like us to consider for the Gallery. You can also send a 100 to 200 word bio. If accepted, we will request attached, high resolution jpegs of the chosen works. Gallery submissions currently closed.

Music, Film and Arts Commentary | Send a YouTube link via email along with a short 100 to 200 word bio. The submissions link is below.

Music, Film & Intermedia

Send us a YouTube link of your video and a bio. Performance submissions currently closed.