Entries by Elle Napolitano

No Such Thing As Writer’s Block

In an interview with Joe Fassler of The Atlantic (online, May 2, 2017), one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge, Anything is Possible, I am Lucy Barton…to name a few of her outstanding novels) said something about writer’s block that I find wise and inspiring. Liz said: “A bad day for me is […]

The Woven Tale Press: Honorable Mention for My Story, “A Different Kind of Heart Attack.”

As always, first things first: Congratulations to the winners of the The Woven Tale Press 2017 Literary and Fine Arts Competition! Click on the link below to learn about the writers and artists whose work will move you, entertain you, and delight you. http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2017/10/30/vol-v-9/ The Woven Tale Press is an online literary journal started in 2013 […]

Things I learned from the Iowa Writing Project: Power of the Pen (Part 1)

This past summer I participated in a MOOC with the The Iowa Writing Project. The experience was truly wonderful. Picture yourself: writing everyday, giving and receiving thoughtful feedback, reading examples of outstanding writing, watching videos of world class writers who are also guest instructors, and interacting with people from all over the world who are […]

Finalist for the 2017 Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction!

I wrote a short story called, “The Universe Can Be An Asshole” First things first: congratulations to Jaquira Díaz for her winning story, “Carrazzo” and also to runner up, Rachel Furey for “The Whole World”! Please visit https://internationalliteraryawards.org/2017/announcement to read about these two talented authors. Their writing is impressive, and needless to say, I’m honored […]

Mo (my first published piece of fiction)

Short fiction (even the title is short: Mo.) published in Into the Void Magazine, Issue 4, Summer 2017 “This piece of flash really captured me with the way it expressed so much in such a fleeting way, the glimpse into lives – many different lives – it got across with such elegant simplicity and restraint.” […]

High Profile Parking

Written and performed by Elle Napolitano at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco, CA. High Profile Parking is a story about how assumptions make a person believe and do ridiculous things. But also how they make us mortifyingly human. August 3, and August 24, 2015. https://themarsh.org

What I’m working on now

I’m in the nail biting revision stage (after many re-writes and feedback from beta readers!) of a novel that unfolds around a family secret about the tragic loss of a child. Over one summer and fall, and against the scrim of shifting social and political realities, the protagonist of this story, who is devastated by […]