Emily Vieweg, MFA is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Northern Eclecta, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young's Good Morning, and more.

Her one-act play Atomic Lounge was performed in Chicago at The 25th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival in 2013.

Emily's debut chapbook Look Where She Points is available from Plan B Press.

Emily's second chapbook, Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, is available through

She lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she is a mother of two, pet parent, data processor and adjunct English instructor.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 6 - Day 6

Ack! What happened?! I missed a few days because life happened, but here I am - back on track.

Start a Writing Blog: Day 3 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

I've had a writing blog for some time now - I started my personal blog back on MySpace (yeah, that was a while ago) and more recently have been focusing more on my professional blog and keeping this up to date.
What's my blog address?
What's my personal blog address? - the title is
       Yes, I'm On My Way (respectfully borrowed from Disney's lyrics from Brother Bear)

Done!  My current blog space is and I have a facebook environment under - that's my professional page. Beyond that, I cannot purchase the rights to any other Emily Vieweg pages because the funds aren't there. Darnit. Here's hoping I can make that happen in the future.

Done!  I've been on Facebook for a LONG time, but just recently added a professional page to my Facebook environment. 

I have Twitter, but I am not very comfortable with it. Maybe I don't have much to say on Twitter? My twitter handle is @EmilyJVieweg and today I'm tweeting #platchal - I don't think it works on blog - but we'll see.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Set Your Writing Goals: Day 2 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Day 2 - Setting writing goals - this one's going to be interesting, because not only do I need to consider writing goals, but also family and financial needs.

This is about writing, though, so I will do my best to set the goals:

1. Short Term Goals. Writing goals that I can attain within the next twelve months... Twelve months is a long time to plan for, I can hardly plan for the next two weeks. Long-term planning is not an asset of mine, though I do my best to stick to plans.

Short Term A:  get that chapbook published!  It's been accepted, but now I just wait for the publisher to do their thing. Waiting is the worst. Submitted, accepted, now wait for published....  And we wait.

Short Term B:  get one of those fellowships I applied for. I've applied to several fellowships that would grant me access to some well-respected writers and writing programs. What a thrill to travel and learn and teach.  Glorious!

Short Term C:  write more. This is a daily goal - WRITE MORE. I've found that since I've participated in two poetry readings, the ideas for new works are flowing more easily, thanks to others' spoken words. Beautiful inspiration.

2. Long Term Goals. I'd love to travel the country as a published author. I want to teach students how to share their voices and perform in front of packed houses that are there to see me. I want to be well-known as an author and poet and performer. This is the selfish performer in me - I want attention, I want people to listen to what I'm saying and respond. I want people to laugh at my funny stories and cry with me recouting painful events. I want to tell the truth so people who do not share my beliefs to hear me. (That's a tough one, I know...)

Are these goals realistic? For the most part - most of the short term goals are already in process - and we're in the waiting game.

Ultimate long-term goal - I want to make a living as a writer. Teaching others how to express themselves is a passion of mine - and teaching people that poetry doesn't have to be frightening. Find the words and arrange them in a way that creates music.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015 October Platform Challenge

I receive a litany of writing prompt emails, "make your work better" emails, some "writing workshop" emails and most (due to of lack of funds and lack of free time) wind up in the virtual wastebasket. When I received this email, though, and questioned myself as a writer and what exactly does that mean in my life (professional and personal)? I opened the email.

As with most challenges, there are guidelines - I am more interested in doing the writing than winning anything, because the writing is the ultimate goal, right?  Kudos to those who write well enough or are lucky enough to win something - but the writing, the actual writing and typing and formulating a new work (or editing an older one) - that's the ultimate goal.

Then I saw today's challenge:  Day 1. Define Yourself as a Writer.

What? I read on:
For the first day of this challenge, I want everyone to take a step back and define yourself as a writer. Don’t worry about where you want to be. Instead, focus on who you are, what you’ve done, what you’re currently doing, etc.

Okay, so following the format I did it:

Name (as used in byline):  Emily Vieweg

Position(s): Data Processor, NDSU; Adjunct Instructor, NDSCS-Fargo; Published author as poet; Published author as Flash Fiction Writer; Published author as Creative Nonfiction Essay Writer; Published author as Playwright; Blogger; Actor; Theatre Enthusiast; Parent of teen with Autism, Parent of toddler with Chromosomal microdeletion.

I stopped here for a while. Look at that list. First, I indicate that my position is my full-time job at NDSU in the Registration office. I am a Data Processor. I look at a transcript, enter the information, and move on to the next transcript. That is my full time job. It is the job that takes up most of my daily life, it is the job that I spend the most time on during the work week. It is the job that pays most of my bills.

Second, I listed my adjunct teaching position. I teach one 1-credit section of a Composition Lab course at the Fargo campus of NDSCS, a nearby tech and community college. I suppose since I earn an income from this second position, however meager the income is, I do earn a regular income from this position - therefore, I list it second.

My writing positions did not begin until number three. Why am I unable to list my writing positions first? I have been published in print and online for several years, yet I am still not able to list my writing credentials first in my list of positions. Why not? Is my writing not good enough? Do I consider myself less than a good writer because I am not famous like JK Rowling, Saul Williams or Billy Collins?

Shame on me!

I hereby reclaim myself as a writer.

Name: Emily Vieweg, MFA
Position:  Published author of Poetry, Playscripts, Flash Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.
Additional professional positions:  Data Processor, Adjunct Instructor