Monday, July 15, 2019

Poem Almost Seven Months published in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine



Thank you to Crack the Spine for publishing my poem Almost Seven Months. I hope you'll click through to read the full issue!

Our child turned six this spring. I wrote the first draft of this poem when he was almost seven months old. This is all to say, keep writing, parent-writers! It might take even longer than the long time it took to write and publish before becoming a parent and that's ok. Just keep writing.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

If You Give a Mom Some Wi-Fi… published in Mock Mom (Sammiches & Psych Meds)


Thanks to Mock Mom (Sammiches & Psych Meds) for publishing my latest piece, "If You Give a Mom Some Wi-Fi..." And, of course, thanks to the amazing children's book author Laura Numeroff for her series, "If you give a ...", which inspired the piece.

Here's to a summer of continued laughs and writing! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Publication - Infant Girl Photo Shoot on Soft-focus Blanket in Defenestration today


Thanks to Defenestration for publishing my piece Infant Girl Photo Shoot on Soft-focus Blanket today.

It begins:

You wanted to see pictures of my infant girl swaddled in soft-focus, white blankets, right? I’ve posted my top fifty outtakes on my Facebook page. I don’t see that you gave the post a heart yet and you probably want to.

Once you see the photos, you won’t forget that our baby is a girl. We stretched that purple ribbon over her head to help with that. Boys don’t wear purple, right? We’d never dress our boy like that because you might think he was a girl. (He’s not. Remember his infant pictures with a football and crisp focus blankets?)

I wonder when my baby girl will learn how to put on a bra. Then it will be even more obvious that she’s a girl. She might need a padded bra at first, but that’s a good start.

Click through to read the rest and, I hope, laugh!


For more on raising your child - rather than a defined boy or girl - read 10 Science-Backed Tips for Raising Your Child Gender Neutral (Forbes) and check out Let Toys Be Toys.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Publication - Cost Saving Advantages of Perimenopause in McSweeney's today


Thanks to McSweeney's for publishing my piece Cost Saving Advantages of Perimenopause today! It starts:

1. Winter scarves. Winter feels like a tropical vacation, despite the snow. You create your own heat, baby.

2. Pads and tampons. You don’t need them. Sure, occasionally you’ll need to stop at Costco, but then suddenly you won’t need any. Give away that big box to someone younger. Until you need more again, but maybe not.

Click through to read the full piece for a laugh - and solidarity!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer!



The end of the school year is accelerating and summer is quickly approaching. I hope that you have some time built in to rest, enjoy your friends and family and write, too, over the next few months.

I'd love to help you with your writing project. This summer, I'll take writing coach appointments via email and video conferencing (Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp). In September, I'll return to in-person appointments in the D.C. area. You can learn more about my writing coaching here

I'll be offering a fall memoir writing workshop through Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. (please follow the bookstore for class announcements, including registration details.)

I'd love to connect with you on FacebookTwitter. and Goodreads

Don't hesitate to email me any time with questions (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com).







Monday, May 13, 2019

Resources

Our almost 6yrold dressed as Luke Skywalker
looking at comics at Big Planet Comics
on Free Comic Book Day, which was also Star Wars Day

My goal is to make this website a useful source of information.

Have you searched for something recently and not found it? What are you looking for?

Local folks - Do you run or know about a local reading series, publisher, etc., which is not listed under "Selected DC Area Literary Readings, Festivals & Resources"?

Let me know via email (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com) and I'll be sure to add the resource!

Monday, May 6, 2019

New Moonlit Workshop: Point of View (Wednesday, May 15)



I'm excited to be offering my first Moonlit workshop next week! Sign up for my workshop or one of the many others today through their website, MoonlitDC or link through via Facebook.

Here are the details:

Point of View: Who? You? Me?
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Capitol Hill Books
657 C St SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003

In this workshop, we will discuss point of view in general and as it relates specifically to a piece of writing that you are currently working on. Your goal is always to craft a clear and consistent narrative; a clear point of view can help with this. While you want to surprise your reader with your writing, you never want to confuse them. We will look closely at a few examples (first, second and third) and see what happens when the point of view changes. We will dedicate half of our time to completing a hands-on writing exercise.

Writers should bring a draft of a piece (1 – 2 pages double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font) printed out or on a laptop. If this isn’t possible, an example will be provided that can be used for the workshop exercise.

About the Instructor: Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, child and their many books. Her poetry chapbook Unrest was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work is published or forthcoming in Alimentum, The Cortland Review, McSweeney’s, Narrative Magazine, Poet’s Market, and Storyscape Literary Journal, among others.

Chloe teaches writing at the University of Maryland University College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Contact her and read some of her work at www.chloeyelenamiller.com / https://twitter.com/ChloeYMiller

Scholarships are available for this workshop. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send a few sentences about yourself, your goals as a writer, and an outline of how you would benefit from a scholarship through the contact form on our website. Alternate payment methods are also available. Learn more or be in touch at moonlitdc.com.