January, 2016

Feeling rejected? So did Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Fri, 1/22/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Twenty years before Kurt Vonnegut published his semi-autobiographical classic Slaughterhouse-Five, he sent his work to The Atlantic Monthly. Here was his first public attempt at capturing on paper the bombing of Dresden (an effort he’d try again in Slaughterhouse). What did…

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An Illness by Any Other Name Would Still Mess You Up

Posted Thu, 1/21/2016 - 12:57pm by  |  Category:

On January 26, we present to you “To Whom it May Concern: Writing for a Cause,” an event that focuses on social change through writing featuring Litsa Dremousis, Charles Mudede, and Jennie Shortridge reading pieces of their own and advising…

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Feeling rejected? George Orwell did, too. Thanks, T. S. Eliot!

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 2:59pm by  |  Category:

Trotskyite: that’s the word T. S. Eliot used to describe George Orwell upon reading an early draft of Animal Farm. The book, of course, is now a staple of most high school English classes (let alone “most influential literature” lists)….

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An unrevised sketch of some ideas about revision

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 12:14pm by  |  Category:

Justin Taylor will teach “Vision and Revision,” starting Jan. 28. Register now! There’s no other readerly disappointment quite like something that almost works. The writer clearly has talent, natural as well as honed, and has put substantial time and energy…

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Books Hugo House Loved in 2015 — Read Them This Year

Posted Wed, 1/13/2016 - 8:00pm by  |  Category:

You’ve seen plenty of best books of 2015, but what about favorite? Trust us: there’s a difference. A piece of writing might be the best in its field—renowned for its surprising use of language, its daring feats of prose — but…

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How to Read Your Writing Aloud

Posted Mon, 1/11/2016 - 1:41pm by  |  Category:

Writers are the prairie dogs of the professional kingdom. It’s not that we aren’t social—we spend our days surrounded by people, many of whom we’ve even created ourselves. Rather, we dread the unexpected. Sharpened comments descending without warning, bent on…

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