To All the Moms I’ve Ignored Before

In this hilarious piece, Meaghan O’Connell reflects on all the “being a mom” advice she ignored before having kids, that now, she not-so-secretly wishes to be consulted on.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 17, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,059 words)

Girl Wonder

When Meaghan O’Connell finished reading a celebrated young author’s debut novel, she felt a mix of admiration, jealousy, and recognition of the powerlessness that comes with young adulthood.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 19, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

How to Survive a Visit From Your Mother

You may identify with this specific experience.

Published: May 26, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,587 words)

Getting Married in One Week Was the Most Romantic Thing I Ever Did

On romance, timing, and getting hitched.

Published: Feb 11, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,812 words)

Longreads Best of 2014: Essay Writing

This year’s best essays as chosen by Meaghan O’Connell, Rachael Maddux, and Belle Boggs.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 19, 2014

A Birth Story

Meaghan O’Connell had a perfect pregnancy and the perfect birth plan—and then she went into labor.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 6, 2014
Length: 56 minutes (14,248 words)

Longreads Guest Pick: Meaghan O’Connell on Ted Thompson and the Making of a Novel

Meaghan O’Connell is the editor-in-chief of

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 29, 2013