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5-Minute Daily Writing Prompts: 501 Prompts to Unleash Your Creativity and Inspire You to Write. Rockridge Press, Spring 2022.


In Praise of Inadequate Gifts. Wandering Aengus Press, 2021. 

The Slow Farm. Ovenbird Books: Judith Kitchen Select, 2012. 

Book Reviews

"An Invincible Army of Losers." River Teeth, Dec 1, 2023.

"The Cadence of an Individual Heartbeat." River Teeth, Oct. 2, 2020. 


​"Resisting the Bright, Shining Epiphany." River Teeth, April 1, 2019.


"How to Write a Collage Style Memoir." Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug. 1, 2016.


"Faith, Fear, and Fractals." River Teeth. April 8, 2016. 

Writing About Writing

"Good Noticing: A Whole-Body Strategy." Brevity. September 13, 2021. 


One section of the collaborative essay "Finding Truth in Technology," envisioned and edited by Sejal H. Patel. Creative Nonfiction. Winter 2016. 


"Finding Form." Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Fall 2015 (Special Conference Issue).


"Self-Doubt: The Worst Distraction for Writers." Talking Writing. Nov. 2013.


On Spinning and Writing: In Defense of MFA Programs.” Brevity blog. May 13, 2013.


“Go Ahead: Write About Your Parents, Again.” Brevity. April 10, 2012. (To be reprinted in the Prentice Hall Reader, 2016)

"The Space Between Contradictions: An Examination of Meaning and Knowledge in Creative Nonfiction." Life Writing. May 2012.


“How to Parent Your Book: Six Rules for Writers.” June 2004. 

Personal Essays


"The Single Mother's Guide to Money." Anser Journal. Oct., 2020. 


"How to Be Popular: Disco Roller Skate." Red Wheelbarrow: National Edition. Volume 19, 2018.


"Police Rules."J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Spring, 2016.


"Disaster Man." Red Wheelbarrow: National Edition. Vol. 16, 2015.  


"Why We Don't Have Children." River Teeth. Spring 2015. 


"In Praise of Old Laundromats." Defunct. Oct. 2013.


My Perfect Little Life.” Drafthorse. Winter 2013.  


“A Narrative Break: On Reading After Crisis.” Ruminate. Issue 25, Oct. 2012.  


In Praise of Inadequate Gifts.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Summer/Autumn 2012.  


“My Czechoslovakian Plastic Surgeon.” Airplane Reading. June 2012. (Reprinted in the anthology Airplane Reading, Zero Books, 2016.)


 “Faithful Over a Few Things.” The Sun. May 2012.


“Loveland.” Gulf Stream. Dec. 2011. 


“The History of My Teeth.” Inertia. Oct. 2011.  


“Dear Owl.”  What’s Nature Got to Do with Me?  Schnoeker-Shorb, Yvette and Terril Shorb, eds. Prescott, AZ: Native West Press, 2011. 




"Practical Tips for a Magical Life: An Interview with Magician Michael Stroud."  Tiferet.  May 2013.

Writing About Teaching


“The Brick Birds.” The Poets Guide to the Birds. Kitchen, Judith and Ted Kooser, eds. Tallahassee, FL: Anhinga Press, 2009. 


Guest Blogs

"The Divine Hug: Beyond Faith or Reason." Patheos. Public Forum. July 2016. 


The Best Gift My Mom Gave Me.” Random Acts of Momness. Ginny Moyer's blog. Oct. 2011. 

Radio Essays and Podcasts

Lost Chorus.” KQED Perspective Series. Feb. 16, 2007.  


The School House.” A River and Sound Review. Sept 14, 2007. 


Let's Party.” KQED Perspective Series. Oct. 21, 2004.  

On the Website

"Memoirist Tarn Wilson Interviews Novelist Mike Karpa, Author of the Novel The Wealthy Whites of Williamsburg, on His Writing Process." February 1, 2024.


“Writing Wisdom Gained from an Olympic Ski Coach.” June 19, 2008.

"Journaling Workshop for Parents." June 12, 2008.

"An Interview with Jay Bates, host of A River and Sound Review." May 1, 2008.


"Keeping a Travel Journal You Love." Jan. 10, 2008.

About Tarn Wilson

Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm (Ovenbird Books: Judith Kitchen Selects, 2014). She earned her MA in education from Stanford and her MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work appears in Brevity, Defunct, Gulf Stream, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inertia, Ruminate, River Teeth, South Loop Review, and The Sun, among others, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

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