On Writing

Celebrating Creative Nonfiction: The Best of Brevity Magazine

Creative Nonfiction Magazine @brevitymag

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You may already know Brevity Magazine for concise creative nonfiction, craft essays on writing, and its prolific blog. For nearly two decades, the magazine has published work from emerging writers and well-known authors alike, including Roxane Gay and Sherman Alexie.

We asked Brevity’s editors to consider this exceptional body of work and recall the piece that speaks to them the most.


Dinty W. Moore, former zookeeper, is the author of many books and the director of the creative writing degree programs at Ohio University.

Dinty W. Moore, Founder and Editor

Coming up on our 20th year of publishing brief essays, it is an undeniably tough task narrowing down the choices. “The Heart as a Torn Muscle,” by Randon Billings Noble is, however, a favorite of mine for both its honesty and its ingenuity.

The essay is about love, or more precisely, infatuation…

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Human Issues

Midlands Gives & Girls on the Run

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Midlands Gives

The third annual Midlands Gives is Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from midnight to 11:59 pm. 

Hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online giving event that brings the region together as one community, raising money an awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties in South Carolina.

Girls on the Run 

Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.

Unleash her Superpower during Midlands Gives

gotr singleToday is the day to be a hero to a Columbia, SC area girl.

Growing up as a girl can be tough. At every turn, there is pressure to fit in. Pressure that can lead girls to make decisions that contradict their values or damage their health.

This is why Girls on the Run Columbia exists. By contributing to GOTR Columbia during Midlands Gives, you can help Columbia, South Carolina area girls develop the confidence to celebrate themselves, just as they are. To build the skills they need to become healthier – physically, socially and emotionally. 

You know that every girl has power. And you can make a gift today to help her unlock that power and reach her limitless potential.

Learn More or Give Now

DON’T FORGET!! Your gift can be doubled (or even tripled!) thanks to the Midlands Gives incentives listed below.

  • Spirit Communications Match – The first $2,500 donated will be doubled!
  • 50 States Challenge – A GOTR supporter will donate an additional $1,000 if GOTR receives one donation from every state. 
  • Match Minutes – Give exactly $100 at exactly 6:00 a.m., Noon, or 5:00 p.m. and your gift will be doubled!
  • Volunteer Takeover – We know that GOTR volunteers are some of the most dedicated people in the Midlands. Now show the world!! Donate between 7:00-7:59 p.m. to help us win an extra $1,000 for the most donors during that hour.