“I Go Up, I Come Down” by Alison Powell (Fiction ’10)

Fiction alum Alison Powell was recently featured in Guesthouse. Read an excerpt of “I Go Up, I Come Down” below:

I Go Up, I Come Down


Freytag’s pyramid is, by all accounts, the cleanest model for writing fiction. A novel, as it happens. Start low. Ascend. Reach a climax. Descend. Oh, I said, in middle age. That’s easy enough. And I set about writing a book in which a group of teenage distance runners climb a mountain. I mean, look, there’s the map. Up, up, up they go. Scramble over brambles, tangle with branches, shins skim rocks.


This really happened. I was fifteen and tormented.

Continue reading the piece here: Powell, Alison C. — Guesthouse