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Practicing the art of creative nonfiction will enable me to craft the best voice to describe postpartum depression. I believe the best voice for this project is humorous, lyrical and conversational. Submitting my new essays for publication and receiving feedback from editors will help me determine the effectiveness of that voice. 2: I plan to give at least three public readings in Mankato, the Twin Cities, and Winona, and I will give radio and online interviews. I will achieve Outcome 2 by publicizing my readings through print media (newspapers, fliers) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs.) I will do Q and As following the readings and ask attendees to fill out a questionnaire measuring their engagement.
My outcome was to write in order to find the best voice to describe postpartum depression; that outcome would be achieved by submitting new essays for publication and receiving feedback from editors. I'm thrilled to report that I found that voice and I've produced over 100 polished pages. However, the project's shape has evolved from what I originally envisioned. Instead of stand-alone essays, the book will be a full-length memoir. Because of that, I did not submit essays to publishers. I did submit it to an agent. In August 2013, I signed on with Nicole Tourtelot of Kuhn Projects. She responded, she said, most strongly to the book's voice. Though the book is still in-progress, she's planning to submit it to publishers as a partial; I'm currently working on the proposal. That Tourtelot is invested in what she refers to as my weird, dark, funny book, and that she thinks theres an audience and a market for it has been very encouraging. 2: I gave three public readings: on October 2, 2013 at Normandale Community College; on November 23, 2013 at the Book Shelf in Winona; and on January 19, 2014, fellow Artist Initiative Grant 2013 recipient Kirstin Cronn-Mills and I gave a co-reading at Minnesota State University. On December 4, 2013, I gave a radio interview with Kyle Jaeger on KMSU's show Weekly Reader. I achieved Outcome 2 by publicizing my readings through fliers (I've attached an example) and through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Following the each reading, I did a Q and A and asked attendees to fill out a questionnaire measuring their level of engagement.
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