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How the Sausage is Made: An Introduction

                                    Joe Oestreich, Nonfiction Editor

To celebrate five years of Waccamaw, we asked five creative nonfiction writers to each write an essay about the essay they published with us, a feature we’re calling, “How the Sausage is Made.” Per our habit, we gave these writers very little guidance, simply telling them that their meta-essays could take whatever form they wanted. They could discuss the genesis of the piece, the inspiration, the writing process, what they hoped to accomplish, the true story behind the true story, or, heck, the recipe for Farfalle with Toasted Walnuts and Peas in Vodka Cream Sauce, which, thankfully, one of them took us up on, and we’re planning on trying tonight.  
We’d say more, but these five talented and generous writers have already said it—and much more elegantly.

How the Sausage is Made

Sonja Livingston’s “Inspiration in Three Quotes,” about her essay, “Dare: A Parenthetical Aside,” from Waccamaw No. 7, Spring 2011.

Amy Monticello’s “More Than One True Thing,” about her essay, “All the Ways We Fool Ourselves,” from Waccamaw No. 6, Fall 2010.

Kathleen Rooney’s “Jackass, Cool Hand Luke, and Christ,” about her essay, “Let Us Proclaim the Mystery,” from Waccamaw No. 2, Fall 2008.

Jason Skipper’s “First Memoir: The Mystery of Gravity,” about his essay, “First Jody,” from Waccamaw No. 3, Spring 2009.

Sheila Squillante’s “Twenty Years, Many Meals and One Book Later: A Dead Dad Day Recipe,” about her essay, “Dead Dad Day,” from Waccamaw No. 5, Spring 2010.

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