Next What’s Your Story E-Course Begins October 8, 2014

The next Art of Storytelling, What’s Your Story E-Course for new writers starts October 8th. Join us! It’s a soulful transformation from linear mind to creative flow. By the end of six weeks, you’ll have a rough piece you can use as an essay, a short story, an opening to a novel or the beginning […]

Writing a book: Exploring Voice Around the World

Somewhere in London, 15-Minute Painting Series, http://www.carolineallen.com, 2012 When I was a little girl in Missouri, we had only two books in the house, a King James Bible and the Farmer’s Almanac. I was voracious for books, insatiable. I remember reading and re-reading food labels, anything to be able to absorb the glory of words. […]

Semiautobiographical Novel: A Eulogy

On June 9, 2012, I hosted a reading of six memoir and fiction writers at Santoro’s Bookstore in Seatte. My father is dying of Parkinson’s. One evening I was thinking about how at his funeral all the eulogies would be cleaned up, politically correct versions of the truth. Why couldn’t someone tell a real story, I thought, about […]

Owning the Ugly, Part 2

Running in circles, http://www.carolineallen.com I was listening to NPR the other day to an interview with Eve Ensler who in 1996 wrote the Vagina Monologues. The monologues led to the development of V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised millions for women’s anti-violence groups around the world. Ensler was being interviewed on On Point, […]