Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello
THE EPISTOLARY EXERCISE
Write a story entirely in the form of a letter to an individual addressing a specific conflict between you both. The addressee can be your imagined reader, a character, creature, object, place, or abstraction personified. Example: “To the rabbit who ate my late mother’s last collard greens…” What resolution or challenge might conclude your letter?
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox and co-translator of The World’s Lightest Motorcycle by Yi Won. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association, and her work has appeared in Best Small Fictions, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, and more. She is co-director for the Adoptee Literary Festival and PEN America South Florida Chapter, and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. www.marcicalabretta.com