First Person

Free Speech and Grassroots Writing

Feb 06, 2017

TW Column by Martha Nichols

I sometimes forget that the most effective creative writing has nothing to do with schooling or publishing.

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Dear Gretchen Carlson, Formerly of Fox News

Sep 05, 2016

Open Letter by Martha Nichols

When I read liberal commenters damning you with faint praise, I see ugly attitudes about women exposed.

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How I Became a First-Person Journalist

Mar 21, 2016

TW Column by Martha Nichols

In literary circles, nonfiction writing is often called everything but journalism.

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The Case of the Disappearing Editor

Jun 15, 2015

TW Column by Martha Nichols

In the battle over submission fees, what troubles me most is the idea that writers do everything and editors do nothing.

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Digital Media and the Wild Imagination

Mar 23, 2015

TW Column by Martha Nichols

There’s nothing like a thirteen-year-old to get a parent raving about the evils of technology.

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What's a Flash Essay?

Jan 20, 2015

TW Column by Martha Nichols

There’s a whole lot of confusion about the difference between an essay and a personal narrative.

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What Journalists Can Teach Memoir Writers

Nov 17, 2014

TW Column by Martha Nichols

First-person journalism is my antidote to much of what goes on in creative nonfiction classes.

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The Trouble with Being an Entrepreneur

Sep 17, 2014

TW Column by Martha Nichols

While entrepreneurship works for high-tech startups, grafting it to what creative writers do is like sticking a brick on an apple tree.

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