Raw Literature: Writer Unplugged

Raw Literature: Writer Unplugged

Essay by Sarah Brentyn, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> I’m in awe of “raw”. This tiny three-letter word is like a super hero. I’m a word nerd and I love that this petite power house can describe so many items, objects, and states. We...
Raw Literature: Choreography in the Rough

Raw Literature: Choreography in the Rough

Essay by Allison Mills, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers, and the Darling Daughter of the Lead Buckaroo << ? >> Deep down—way deep down where words melt into heartbeats and cation exchanges—I know I am a dancer. In that regard, I consider myself a...
A Class of Raw Literature

A Class of Raw Literature

Essay by Norah Colvin, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> I was quite fascinated with Charli’s introduction to this conversation about raw literature  right here on her blog at Carrot Ranch Communications.  I was unfamiliar with the term...
Raw Literature: Writing is Water

Raw Literature: Writing is Water

Essay by Kerry E. B. Black, esteemed Friend of Rough Writers. << ? >> To write is simple, some say. Every literate person holds the capability of putting pen to paper or fingers to keys to produce the next great novel. However, words are like water. They...
Raw Literature: Raw From the Soul

Raw Literature: Raw From the Soul

Essay by Ann Edall-Robson, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> I struggled with the thought of writing something insightful, useful and raw. Several starts and stops took me to the same conclusion. I write from my heart, about things I am...
Raw Literature: Possibilities

Raw Literature: Possibilities

For the purpose of this series, we’ve been exploring what it is to write first works. We’ve considered What Lies Beneath the ongoing process of a memoirist who digs deep. We’ve interviewed a writer newly elected as State Representative of Missouri’s...
Raw Literature: From Raw to Ready

Raw Literature: From Raw to Ready

Essay by Anne Goodwin, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> Every other Sunday, I don my red fleece jacket and drive to an office in a Derbyshire village, where I pick up a radio and, after a cup of tea and a chat, set out on patrol. I’m part...
Raw Literature: Natural or Explicit

Raw Literature: Natural or Explicit

Essay by Geoff Le Pard, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> When I was asked by Charli to consider what raw literature meant to me, I did what all lawyers do (and sometimes I can’t not give best to that training, however hard I try); I...
Raw Literature: Memoir & What Lies Beneath

Raw Literature: Memoir & What Lies Beneath

Essay and photos by Sherri Matthews, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> Walking circuits around the park listening to music on my iPod gets me through the writing mire, when I need to dig deep. A few years ago I read Heavier Than Heaven,...