TELL YOUR TRUE TALE: The Stockton Stories

Two new stories up this week on Tell Your True Tale. Both grew from a writing workshop I did with students this month at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA — a town where I was once a crime reporter for several years.

The stories were terrific and I’ll be posting several of them in coming weeks.

Perhaps reflecting some of the town’s grit, the tales themselves are rough, but really great, reads — confirming my faith in community colleges as story goldmines.

These are the first two:

–Christian Lockwood, a former cop, writes of the final day of his drunken homelessness, in The Last Day.

–Darshay Smith, a nursing student, writes of the night her mother was shot and the lingering effects of the incident in The Light That Night.

Check them out. Please share them on social media. I’m always interested in looking at new submissions, so take computer in hand and get writing.


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