A Resource for Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Students
In keeping with Brevity‘s mission to publish not only the finest work of contemporary nonfiction, but also thoughtful investigations of the writer’s craft, we have created a series of tags that allow readers, writers, teachers, and students better access to our archives.
You will now be able to find essays and craft-focused discussions of nonfiction under a number of different headings: traditional subjects, such as aging or nature; varying modes and subgenres, such as the profile or meditation; as well as various techniques and literary conventions, such as dialogue and diction. We’ve also included a list of “Other Areas” so we can include useful resources that don’t fall readily into these categories.
We hope the tags can serve a number of uses. Readers interested in a certain topic, for example, might explore how it’s been taken up by our writers. Apprentice writers might use the tags to learn more about various aspects of their craft. Teachers might use the tags to provide their students with models for certain techniques. The tags, seen in this light, make Brevity a freely available, ever-evolving resource for teaching the art and craft of literary nonfiction.
On that note, please keep in mind that we are a non-profit volunteer entity and do not have the funding to pay for the work we still need to do. If you find this resource useful, consider sending us a small donation, so we can continue archiving past issues. The archive currently goes back to 2010 and excludes the first 13 years of Brevity. Your donations will help us expand our coverage.
Meanwhile, we welcome your help. If you see an essay from one of our earlier issues that you think should be tagged, drop us a line here and let us know.