By Cecilia Wilbur

I quit ballet when I was thirteen after ten years of trying to be the best dancer my teachers had ever seen. When I was three my parents signed me up for dance classes in Miss Jodi’s basement studio. There, I wiggled my tiny rear end to Disney songs. When I was seven I was …

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By Melonie Cannon

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, WE HAVE A BOOK OUT!!! Today on our podcast you will hear snippits from a few of the author’s in the book SEASONS OF CHANGE: STORIES OF TRANSITION by the writers of Segullah. There are so many beautiful writers in this book, I wish I could interview …

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Seeing My Body For The First Time

By Ashmae Hoiland

My first time at the YMCA, I stood dripping in my navy blue swimsuit against the pastel locker background of the women’s locker room. I wasn’t sure what to do. Change under my towel? Go to a stall? Peel off my swimsuit in that vast expanse of space, leaving me entirely vulnerable? As I stood …

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Step Two is Called Hope

By Alizabeth Leake Worley

In eleventh grade, I had a friend named Nayoung from Korea. She wore her bangs to the side and tilted her head back to keep her blue-framed glasses from sliding down her nose. Sometimes we ate lunch together in the room we had just had class in. She had a small purple cooler and ate …

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A Reduction

By Laura Sheffield Dutson

Blend a bit of sugar and salt, with a toss of red wine and balsamic vinegar, then reduce on high for fifteen minutes or so to create a thick, ebony syrup that is intensely sweet with balsamic flavor—fig, honey, wood, and caramel. After the dilutions steam away, the essence of balsamic remains and the reduction …

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Segullah Writers’ Retreat Recap

By Leslie Graff

Were you at the Segullah Writers’ Retreat?  I was.  Well, if you weren’t able to make it, I thought I’d fill you in on how it was… and it was, in a word, amazing.  It was a perfect Saturday, filled with delightful company and writing inspiration, not to mention great food. Truly, every person I talked …

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The Art of the Essay: An Interview with Patrick Madden

By Angela Hallstrom

I recently reviewed a fascinating collection of essays called Quotidiana, written by author and BYU professor Patrick Madden. Such an interesting conversation with Pat ensued in the comments that I thought it would be a great idea to invite him back and interview him on the topic. Here at Segullah, we’re particularly interested in the creation and appreciation of good essays, so thank you, Pat, for offering your wisdom on the subject.

First, let’s make sure we have a clear understanding of some of the terminology we’ll be using. What is creative nonfiction?

I’m not sure it’s possible to be very clear on terminology, or, I suspect that the only people who are clear on such things are those who don’t know very much (Socrates: “I know only one thing, namely, that I know nothing”). Nevertheless, a simple, utilitarian definition of creative nonfiction is “literature derived from real events.” The term is a bit unwieldy, but it does serve to distinguish prose that’s made up from prose that’s true to reality.

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…That Lovin’ Feeling?

By Andrea Rediske

Have you got it?  Have you lost it?  Are you still looking for it?  Then we want to hear from you!  Segullah is looking for submissions for our Spring 2010 issue themed, “Dating, Courtship, and Marriage.”  Our mission is to highlight a variety of women’s perspectives within a framework of shared beliefs and values.  So, …

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