Ellen T. McKnight
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Ellen T McKnight

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Creative Courage

I love to ski, but seem to come to it with more injuries every year. Right knee, upper back, right wrist, left foot. I got a cortisone shot in my heel this time, determined not to miss out. My sister puts it somewhere between crazy and brave. Poised above an icy run at the top of Jackson Hole, for the first time I hesitated,…See More
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Creative Courage

I love to ski, but seem to come to it with more injuries every year. Right knee, upper back, right wrist, left foot. I got a cortisone shot in my heel this time, determined not to miss out. My sister puts it somewhere between crazy and brave. Poised above an icy run at the top of Jackson Hole, for the first time I hesitated,…See More
Feb 20
Ellen T. McKnight posted a blog post

Looking Forward

I never realized how important short-term memory was to happiness until my father began to lose his. If I tell him I’m going to visit, he forgets the moment we hang up. He’s happy when I get there, but he misses out on the anticipation. Last summer, he kept forgetting to be excited about the Indians games. We all need things to…See More
Feb 11
Leah DeCesare liked Ellen T. McKnight's blog post Dynamic Tension in Plot
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Carlos LoPopolo liked Ellen T. McKnight's blog post Tension Requires Release
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Carlos LoPopolo liked Ellen T. McKnight's blog post Tension in the Telling
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Get Out to Lean In

This week we turned our blog over to CWC2016 attendee Ellen T. McKnight, a fiction writer published in literary journals and currently at work on a novel. She teaches writing workshops and hosts a blog about writing called Connecting through Story. Follow her on Twitter @EllenTMcKnight.…See More
Nov 4, 2016
Ellen T. McKnight posted a blog post

Tension in the Telling

Tension is key to how we bring readers to care about our characters and what happens in our stories. That tension begins with character and gets expressed and magnified in plot, but the way we tell our stories is every bit as important. To complete my 6-part series on tension, I’d like to highlight some of the storytelling…See More
Sep 26, 2016
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"Great time at the Chicago Writer Conference this past weekend. Very worthwhile!"
Sep 26, 2016
Ellen T. McKnight commented on the blog post 'Tech Tips for Writers'
"That's good to hear, Karen! Thanks for letting me know."
Aug 4, 2016
Karen Szklany Gault commented on the blog post 'Tech Tips for Writers'
"Thank you for these tips.  I am using some of them for my fantasy novel right now."
Aug 4, 2016
Karen Szklany Gault liked Ellen T. McKnight's blog post Tech Tips for Writers
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Ellen T. McKnight commented on the blog post 'Tech Tips for Writers'
"Love it, Pepper! Definite gold star. Thanks, too, for the tip about that book on facial expressions. Keep up the good work!"
Aug 3, 2016
Pepper Hume commented on the blog post 'Tech Tips for Writers'
"Doggone! I guess I get a gold star today. I use all these online research tricks. Made a story I set in Japan sound to authentic, a reader friend assumed I had been there! As for the file of faces, in theatre we call this a morgue and I started mine…"
Aug 3, 2016

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Who I am:
I'm a fiction writer and poet. My publications appear in literary journals and anthologies, and I'm currently at work on a novel. I also host a blog - Connecting through Story - for hungry writers and smart readers to find inspiration and support.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Please visit my website/blog at http://www.ellentmcknight.com/
Follow me on Twitter @EllenTMcKnight
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
My short fiction has been published in After Hours, Cream City Review, Overcoming, Rhino, Stagebill, and Thunderclap.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
N/A
My writing is:
Fiction, Poetry, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I provide book recommendations to writers and readers on my blog.
Services I offer to other writers:
I teach writing workshops as well as offering advice to writers on my blog.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes
My professional associations:
The Writers, a juried critique group of published authors
Off Campus Writers' Workshop (OCWW)
I found out about She Writes from:
Zoe Zolbrod

Ellen T. McKnight's Blog

Creative Courage

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 11:42am 0 Comments

I love to ski, but seem to come to it with more injuries every year. Right knee, upper back, right wrist, left foot. I got a cortisone shot in my heel this time, determined not to miss out. My sister puts it somewhere between crazy and brave. Poised above an icy run at the top of Jackson Hole, for the first time I…

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Looking Forward

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 9:12am 0 Comments

I never realized how important short-term memory was to happiness until my father began to lose his. If I tell him I’m going to visit, he forgets the moment we hang up. He’s happy when I get there, but he misses out on the anticipation. Last summer, he kept forgetting to be excited about the Indians games. We all…

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Get Out to Lean In

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:15am 0 Comments

Chicago Writers Conference

This week we turned our blog over to CWC2016 attendee Ellen T. McKnight, a fiction writer published in literary journals and currently at work on a novel. She teaches writing workshops and hosts a blog about writing called Connecting through Story. Follow her on Twitter …

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Tension in the Telling

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 5:06pm 0 Comments

Tension is key to how we bring readers to care about our characters and what happens in our stories. That tension begins with character and gets expressed and magnified in plot, but the way we tell our stories is every bit as important. To complete my 6-part series on tension, I’d like to highlight some of the…

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At 8:15am on April 1, 2016, Irene Allison said…

Hi Ellen, so nice to connect with you! Love your 2016 New Year's Resolution list! 

At 1:48pm on April 5, 2015, Ashley Moss said…

Hi, Ellen. I wish you all the best. :)

At 4:36am on May 26, 2011, Theresa Krueger said…
Thanks Ellen!  Her piece was very well written but without knowing where it was headed... it was just that--a well written piece!
At 11:52am on May 15, 2011, Katherine Shonk said…
Thanks, Ellen!  Great to connect with you.  I hope your novel is going well...and that you are staying warm today.
At 9:29am on May 8, 2011, Kelli Swearingen said…

I hope you have a Happy Mothers Day too!

At 9:22am on May 8, 2011, Kelli Swearingen said…
Welcome to Mother Writer,Ellen! If you haven't already, feel free to introduce yourself, browse our threads, or start one of your own. And again, welcome to Mother Writer.
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At 12:50pm on May 5, 2011, Susan Bearman said…

Welcome aboard!

At 7:37pm on April 20, 2011, Helen Gallagher said…

Glad we're connected here, Ellen.

Helen

At 2:57pm on April 20, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Lawyers make the best writers.

 

:)

At 2:54pm on April 19, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Ellen, I just opened the door to the novelist group for you - welcome! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. And we do a live chat every Wednesday; hope you can join us for that!

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells and The Wednesday Sisters
 
 
 

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