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Issue #72, Fall 2019

Play is serious business! In Creative Nonfiction #72: "Games," writers connect with friends, family, and strangers to play Hanabi and hide-and-seek, mah-jongg and make-believe. Online or in-person, they explore other worlds, try on new ways of being, and find unexpected meaning.

Plus: what writers can learn from video game audience research; the importance of rhythm in prose; Procrastination Bingo; and much more.

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The Serious Business of Play Sasha Barab and Alan Gershenfeld

Finding Connection, Meaning, and Sometimes Joy. read more

Inside Out and Outside In Gabe Montesanti

Exploring the possibilities—and the pitfalls—of immersion projects read more

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Mother-daughter day-drinking more


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