From the Shell: Exploring the Hermit Crab Essay

by Hannah Heimbuch

A how-to for ending a relationship. An obituary for self-esteem. A physician evaluation on the state of one’s spite. There are many ways an unlikely shell can give an old story new life. Perhaps your attempt to describe a particularly dysfunctional family holiday is falling flat. What if it instead of a narrative, the story was presented as “Ten Tips For a Memorable Thanksgiving!” It could be structured like a homemaker’s magazine article, but packed full of the damning details of family strife…. 

Hannah Heimbuch is a freelance journalist and commercial fisherman from Homer, Alaska. She is currently working toward her MFA in creative nonfiction through Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.

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Hannah Heimbuch
Hannah Heimbuch is a freelance journalist and commercial fisherman from Homer, Alaska. She is currently working toward her MFA in creative nonfiction through Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.

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