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The Nudge

(...) The ocean burst out over the expanse of the horizon as they descended Old Pine Hill Road. Green hills spread out on either side, waiting for seed. The town, one part old families steeped in salty history, and one part new money, was a beloved place--as beloved as Cattail. They thought it beautiful nearly beyond words. Amy could speak of it, yet never was certain the words didn't fall short of the feelings this expanse of sand and salted water, roving meadow, swaying marsh grass conjured. Grown up, it was still her idea of perfection. It was her home. Perhaps not her physical home, but her heart-home. That it was her home was simple and unadorned knowing in her bones; in the way the seasons felt right and every view some form of sublime perfection. In the way nothing was missing. All was nameable without the necessity of words. It was the place she would reclaim again and again. It was the place that always called her back. She often reflected that if you are lucky, there is a place on Earth that says home to you. When your eyes are filled with this place, it is akin to religion. You get what is meant by "heaven." In this place, you are more than you can understand or articulate. When the sun began setting and the beach cleared of people, the light at that particular slant, a singular butter color still sparkling on the waves, the air a touch cool, Amy would...(...)

​​This excerpt is from Talking Underwater by Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo. To read more about Talking Underwater, click here

Week 30, August 2017. Tool: PLAYLIST

Writers, get out your toolbox. Time to listen to some music and find your groove with the story. You should have a solid foundation for your story and be familiar with your characters as well as the setting(s) and the time period(s) of the story.  Given all of the work you've done so far, stop writing and create a playlist of songs for yourself that's inspired by the story. This isn't necessarily something you will write directly into the 

story. The music should continue to inspire you while writing your story. The playlist could be composed of songs that you imagine your character(s) would listen to or hear during their time period(s). You might choose to listen to the music while brainstorming or thinking about your story versus while you are actually writing. You could allow the music to inform the mood of your scenes.

​Additional advice for nonfiction prose and poetry: Choose a musical genre or a specific artist or song that has influenced your life in some way. Explore the topic of music and its influence in your life. Has your mood changed based on the music in the environment around you? Has music shifted your perspective on something?

Read The Nudge from weeks 1-9 here.

Weeks 10-18 here

Weeks 19-27 here

Story Place

Every Wednesday, we'll share an excerpt

from one of our books. Enjoy!


S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.​​ 

MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.

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Announcements & Events

Welcome our new author, Nikki Martin! We're honored to introduce Nikki and to share her work with you in the future. Nikki joins Thorncraft as a 

Yoga at Dunbar Cave! Shana Thornton teaches a basic yoga class at Dunbar Cave on most Saturdays. The next class is Saturday morning, August 26, from 9-10 a.m. Registration is required. Click here for more information and to register. 

AUGUST 2012. Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathon





from Talking Underwater 

a novel by Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo



Our Books



Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN. Authors Shana Thornton and Beverly Fisher are exhibitors in a writing/art exhibition called "This is My Story" a multi-generational exhibition of writings by women authors. Visit customshousemuseum.org for more information.

fiction and screenplay writer. Her first novel release is part of a series and will be available in 2018. Read more about Nikki here.

Grab a blank notebook, a manuscript already in progress, or open a new note in your phone. Each week, our publisher will give you the writing elbow~ a nudge to write on... 

AUGUST 2015. Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find news ways of being.​​ 

AUGUST 2013. Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.

The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre.

MAR 2015. Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series​

APRIL 2014. An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014! 

Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood.