Keith Skinner

About me

Keith Skinner writes memoir, fiction, essays, and travel narrative. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, Lit House Press, Woven Tale Press, and Berkeleyside. His WIP, his debut novel, is set in a 19th century Mendocino County frontier lumber town.

From my website

Lumber Schooners of the Redwood Coast

In the mid-nineteenth century, the sawmills and lumber towns of Mendocino County were isolated from the more settled places that lined San Francisco Bay. The lack of roads, the ungainly North Coast mountains, and the abundant rivers and streams made overland travel difficult and dangerous. Lumber schooners provided the only…

Invented History: Slipping Story Into the Cracks

One of the biggest challenges in writing historical fiction is managing the facts. Sometimes those facts are inconveniently arranged. Other times, there is a paucity of information. The former requires careful structuring of the story. The latter, however, presents a perfect opportunity for the historical novelist to exercise a little…

Baseball in Gold Rush California

An author asks himself, "What if a transplanted Easterner taught loggers in 1850s California how to play baseball? Would that be an anachronism?" As it turns out, no. Thanks to Alexander Cartwright, the game of base-ball, a refined form of the older game town ball, spread across the American prairie…

 
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