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Episode 18: Get your grown writer on with editor of Full Grown People

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Behind the Prose

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Hello from Pittsburgh, PA!

I'm way past my bedtime and I still have homework to do for Dinty W. Moore's Master Class at the Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference 2015.

But the show must go on. And boy is it a show. Jennifer Niesslein, a founder of Brain, Child Magazine, discusses her latest venture, an online literary journal, Full Grown People and anthology of the same name. I interviewed on of Jennifer's essayists, Andrew Bomback in February, then pitched her myself. She accepted!

In this interview, she explains how her life experiences fuel her entrepreneurial ventures and what makes a compelling essay about "the other awkward age."

Plus, a Behind the Prose bonus interview with Alyssa Sorresso (the spelling of her name is so symmetrical; I love it) who had her first major break in the issue of Creative Nonfiction that hit the stands in June 2014. She's got great energy and I suspect it will ride the airwaves right to you if you need a boost.


Jennifer is a writer and editor in living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her latest project is Full Grown People, a web magazine of essays.  She's the author of Practically Perfect in Every Way and the co-founder of  Brain, Child magazine, where she worked for thirteen years. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, and The Morning News, among other places. She's a regular contributor to the Virginia Quarterly Review online and a contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. She sometimes leads workshops at WriterHouse, and she offers individual writing coaching for essayists.