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Bailey Gillespie

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Creative Nonfiction

Vulnerability in Writing

Today, I want to jump straight into what it means to practice vulnerability as a writer—specifically, within the art of creative nonfiction writing. Your readers need you to be vulnerable because this is how they will learn to trust you... Continue Reading →

Memoir vs. Autobiography

Let's be real, the first thing many people think when you tell them you're writing a memoir is, "Well, you must have a very high opinion of yourself!" They may find it a little audacious and egocentric that you'd want... Continue Reading →

Staying Home, Tornados, and the Beauty of Human Resilience

[Click here to watch a powerful tribute to the Nashville Tornado on Facebook.] “Please, please, you need to head to your safe space...”  Just after midnight on March 3, I awoke to the sound of sirens going off and storm... Continue Reading →

Land of the Living

The following excerpt is from my creative nonfiction work-in-progress. .          .          .  It was dusk when I laced up my running shoes on the trails behind campus. These trails were almost more familiar than my own breath now, winding in... Continue Reading →

Sleeping at Last, the Enneagram, and Teaching College English

Last September, while staying at a cabin in Tahoe, I received an email with an incredible opportunity to build and teach a new Editing and Publishing course for the professional writing concentration at William Jessup University. I wrote back immediately. "Yes,... Continue Reading →

Splash – Eating Our Way Through Santa Cruz (Part I)

"They could double the price, and I would still order it. I would sell my cats for this." Coming from my friend Margie, who is a devoted cat lover and recently built her own "Paws Mahal" for her caboodle of... Continue Reading →

The Week I Wish I Could Escape

Friends, this is a piece I wrote earlier this year as part of a larger manuscript. It paints just one small glimpse into the depression and mental anguish I face once a month that has to stem from hormonal imbalances.... Continue Reading →

Faithful Til the Finish Line

Today, we lost a faithful man. Eugene Peterson was a beloved clergy, scholar, and author—two of his most notable contributions being The Message paraphrase and A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. This piece was originally published on Bailey Gillespie's website,... Continue Reading →

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: When Faith Almost Kills You

In Gary Thomas's Sacred Pathways, it describes each personality type and how they best interact with God, after issuing an extensive assessment for readers to take. (You can Google this book to read the PDF description of each type.) I am... Continue Reading →

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