Writing the Human Condition

Irena Tervo

By Irena Tervo
SCWW Board Member/ Asst. TPR Editor/Greenville Chapter


Like many writers out there, I write for many reasons: to make sense of myself and the world around me; to understand overwhelming emotions. I write to process experiences I have lived through, or to try and empathize with what others go through in life. Sometimes I write because something disturbs me deeply. Like when I saw a sign hanging up in a nearby plaza I couldn’t forget, and had to write a story to explain it to myself.

I read for the same reasons. I love to read stories and poems that help me understand the world, or teach me something new. Sometimes I just love reading a story or poem that makes me smile or hits a deep note within that resonates with truth.

In my opinion, the best stories and poems evoke something: a feeling; an observation; an understanding.

This year, the 2015 Petigru Review is filled with fiction stories, nonfiction stories and poetry that stir sentiment, tell strange fiction, and stranger-than-fiction nonfiction. The works included give us glimpses of experiences told through someone else’s eyes. They help us understand a different facet of the human condition.

All the stories and poetry submitted to The Petigru Review and The Carrie McCray Competition have been judged by third-party writers who are well accomplished in their field. The authors published in TPR are both seasoned and new. They are masters and apprentices. And they are all from the southern region. The Petigru Review is our journal, the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Journal.

The Petigru Review, edited by Trilby Plants (her sixth edition) and assisted by myself, will be released on November 16th, 2015. It will be available for purchase through SCWW and through amazon.com

I encourage all present members, past members and future members of SCWW to pick up a copy of the 2015 Petigru Review. Support our local talent and delight in the diverse stories we have to offer. There’s a lot to be proud of. Here’s the link to view the video trailer for this edition.



With a background in International Marketing, Finance and teaching foreign languages, Irena Tervo has been published in various journals, magazines and newspapers. Her YA contemporary novel, Wilderness, was awarded Short List for Finalists in the 2014 Novel category and Semi-Finalist in the 2013 Novel-in-Progress category of The Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner –William Wisdom competition. Other recent awards include first prize in the 2014 Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Contest in Nonfiction. Irena is part of the Greenville chapter, serves a on the SCWW Board as Membership Chair and is an Editor for The Petrigru Review. 







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One Response to Writing the Human Condition

  1. Bob Strother says:

    The Petigru Review is a great example of southern writing, and a great value as well.

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