A Week of Fury

April 13, 2020 § 2 Comments

We’re furious. We’re also cooped up, quarantined, and a little freaked out. Believe it or not, we will survive. We will thrive. And yes, stories and essays and books will come from these times, just as they come from the big tragedies, the grand comedies, and the prosaic-until-you-dive-deep moments of our lives.

Editors Amy Roost and Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores have focused the natural drive to create from upheaval into a new collection of essays. Fury: Women’s Lived Experience During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency have had on each of them, how each is confronting the problem, and how she is fighting back. Several Brevity bloggers have essays in the collection: Ann V. Klotz, Nina Gaby, Reema Zaman, Michele Sharpe, Melanie Brooks and Allison K Williams.

This week, some of the writers featured in the anthology will blog about how they came to write their essay and their writing process, including sidestepping professional detachment when writing about trauma, using structure to shape memories, how writing in different genres can build an essay, and what it’s like to completely re-work your essay to better fit the whole collection.

We hope you’ll enjoy this special week (and a couple of bonus posts in the next few weeks!), as well as the anthology. And we can’t wait to read the essays coming into the world this year from your own experiences—write them when you have time, when you’re ready, and know that Brevity is grateful to have you as a reader now.


Allison K Williams is Brevity’s Social Media Editor and the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book. Want writing news, events, and upcoming webinars? Join the A-List!

§ 2 Responses to A Week of Fury

  • Nina Gaby says:

    Thank you, Allison and Dinty, for this week of Fury, As many of us know, launching an anthology in good times is fraught with disappointments and excitements- but to imagine launching into the abyss of Covid 19… Amy Roost and Alissa Hirshfeld have done such a great job here, I’m so proud to be a part of it. The disappointment of not being able to join in the group readings is sharp, that we ‘ve not been able to celebrate is tough. But by featuring a week of us here on Brevity takes much of the sting out. Much gratitude!

  • jeremiah8777 says:

    It’s a pleasure reading your information, thanks

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