We are thrilled to share recent success stories of our writers and instructors!
Eileen Farrell’s story “My Nine Eleven Wedding” was accepted for inclusion in a collection of stories Unforgettable … Stories that Will Stay with You Forever, to be published by Free Spirit. “This never would have happened without the input of my classmates and the support and encouragement I was given by PWN.”
Nicole Foster’s personal essay “I Lost My Dad on 9/11. I’m Still Searching for Who He Was” has been published by The Cut, a publication of New York magazine. “This piece has evolved tremendously since the first time I sat down to write about this loss, nearly two years ago in Lisa’s Just Write class. I can still remember how nervous I was to share, my voice shaking through each sentence I read. Yet, despite my fear of being too vulnerable, my words resonated with my classmates, which led me to join Jen Gaites’ Memoir class. As we transitioned to Zoom in 2020, sharing my work felt less daunting, and I was met with unwavering encouragement from my classmates. Since then, our Memoir class has grown to include a small but mighty group that always encourages me to dig deeper and ‘share more about Nicole.’ I heard all of their voices as I wrote, and finally, I was able to make this piece about me. Processing the grief of this loss through writing and owning my own story has been a profound part of my healing. I’m forever grateful for the supportive community that Project Write Now embodies, especially during this COVID-19 era.”
PWN instructor Jennifer Gaites’ personal essay “Shadows of the Same Object” was published in Literary Mama’s September/October issue. “I wrote this piece while taking Allison’s class and then read it at a PWN Open Mic (back when we could do them in person … I was so nervous!). I slowly edited and revised until I felt ready to submit—and I am so thankful to my peers at PWN for reading, rereading, and offering encouraging feedback. I also took Courtney Harler’s workshop on submitting and that helped me focus on an audience and gave me the confidence to put my work out there!”
Lou Storey’s “We All Cover” was published in the summer issue of 3Elements Literary Review. “Until I began classes at PWN (Memoir with Jennifer Gaites, Poetry with Laura Cyphers), I’d only done academic writing. I am so grateful to Jen and Laura, and to each of the passionate, smart, and generous fellow students that encouraged me to write from the heart.”