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Rothko Mountain
Rothko Mountain (acrylic) by Dongeun Lucy Rhee, 13; published in the September/October issue of Stone Soup

A note from Emma Wood

Hello, everyone!

I chose Dongeun’s incredible painting of a mountain, in the style of Rothko, for this newsletter because in this past month, I feel as if I have scaled a mountain; earlier this month, we moved for the fourth time in the past three years—with a three-year-old and a one-year-old, only a week before Conner and I both started new jobs as writing professors at Xavier University in Cincinnati. I’m still in survival mode, and am starting to suspect I will be for a while, but Cincinnati is a wonderful, welcoming city with lots of wonderful parks, and we love our new neighborhood. Everyone is happy to be here and adjusting well!

There have been a lot of transitions at Stone Soup in these past three years as well—a new operations manager, a new director, three new board members, and now, a new editor for the magazine and books as well as a new editor for the blog. Change can be invigorating and exciting—it forces change and growth. It helps us see more clearly. But, it can also be exhausting and destabilizing. I am feeling hopeful that as my life stabilizes, the life of Stone Soup will as well, and I am excited to help make that happen.

This month, we are all back to school—and my three-year-old daughter Margot will be starting preschool for the first time. Class will soon be back in session for Stone Soup, too; Conner Bassett will, for the first time, be leading a novel writing workshop, starting September 16th! To ring in the new school year, we're offering 30% off annual print + digital subscriptions. Use code BACK2SCHOOL30 at checkout!




Only three spots left!

This fall, we're offering an all new course: Novel Writing! Class begins Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time, and seats are filling up quickly, so register today!

Join us this fall for Novel Writing, a multi-week, virtual course instructed by writer, translator, and professor Conner Bassett that will teach you how to write a novel. We will focus on the basic techniques and tools of good storytelling: voice, description, setting, character, plot, conflict, and dialogue. The course will consist of brainstorming activities, in-class writing exercises, readings, and workshops. By the end of our time together, you will have a complete novel draft.

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