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Titles That Don’t Let You Go by Susanne Paola Antonetta

Posted Tue, 8/20/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , ,

Writing a title for a flash fiction or nonfiction piece is like dipping your oar into the roaring water while whitewater rafting. That oar stroke had better do some major work. The flash title is the oar that steers your little…

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‘At the Border of Understanding’: An Interview with Paul Hlava Ceballos

Posted Tue, 8/06/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category:

On Tuesday, August 13, we’ll be hosting a benefit reading to help support migrant justice. Readers include Claudia Castro Luna, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Raul Sanchez, Natalie Ann Martínez, Sarah A. Chavez, and Catalina M. Cantú. There will be a silent auction…

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Writing Prompt: Affected Bodies, Trauma, and Non-Human Encounters by Janice Lee

Posted Thu, 8/01/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

What really exists is not things made but things in the making. —William James How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things. —Eduardo Kohn In my upcoming class, Memory Space: Inherited…

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Navigating to the Heart of the Story by Diana Xin

Posted Tue, 7/30/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , ,

I just need to find the right way to write this.  This is the refrain that comes up sometimes when I open a new blank document for an old story I’ve tried to write about seven times over the course…

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How Do Poems End? by Evelynn Yuen

Posted Fri, 7/19/2019 - 9:52am by  |  Category: ,

One of the most challenging parts of writing a poem is figuring out how to end it.  You want the ending to be poignant or beautiful or subversive, but how do you do that? These suggestions are by no means…

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Micro Lesson: A Short Meditation on the Glamorous Refusal of No! by Anastacia-Renée

Posted Fri, 7/12/2019 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

In the beginning of my writing career, it was a given that I’d say “Absolutely” or “Yes” to almost anything asked of me—oftentimes watching others reaping the benefits or, even worse, finding out that the heartfelt energy I’d put into…

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Micro Lesson: Dig Deep into Character by Stephanie Kuehnert

Posted Thu, 7/11/2019 - 5:25pm by  |  Category: , ,

Characters are the reason I write.  Their voices lodge themselves in my brain. They tug on my sleeve and insist that I tell their stories. The greatest compliment that I can get as a writer is that my characters stay…

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What’s Your Romance Voice & Style? by Eilis Flynn

Posted Tue, 7/09/2019 - 9:34am by  |  Category: , ,

Have you ever picked up a book—a romance, one that the blurb promises to be a story that’s right up your alley—and found that it just doesn’t do it for you?  The story, the theme, even the author, they all…

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Micro Lesson: Detroit or Kansas? How to Hear the Voices Inside Your Head by Emily Warn and Nadia Imafidon

Posted Tue, 7/02/2019 - 9:44am by  |  Category: , ,

Emily’s take: When I say poem, it sounds like pome. I can easily mimic Frances McDormand when she says, “What’s in your BYAG, MA’AM?” (Fargo). My sharp “a’s” (grating to some) are sheep bya, byaing and not bah, bahing.  That’s…

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Micro Lesson: How to Write Yourself Home by Merna Ann Hecht

Posted Fri, 6/28/2019 - 9:43am by  |  Category: , , , ,

“To be an immigrant is to always live in some state of exile, even if its shadow seems to have grown faint inside us; you cannot forget your old homes, no matter how comfortingly familiar your new destination becomes, or…

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Micro-Lesson: Writing Travel by Carolyne Wright

Posted Thu, 6/27/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category: , , ,

Elizabeth Bishop was the consummate American poet and writer of travel—born in Massachusetts, she was raised there and in Nova Scotia. As an adult she traveled extensively through France, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and North Africa, and she lived for fifteen…

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What is Speculative Nonfiction? by Kathleen Alcalá

Posted Tue, 6/18/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: ,

la·cu·na (ləˈk(y)o͞onə): n. (plural lacunae). 1. an unfilled space or interval; a gap. (“the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies”). 2. a missing portion in a book or manuscript. 3. (anatomy) a cavity or depression, especially in bone….

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9 Literary Agent Red Flags by Peter Mountford

Posted Fri, 5/31/2019 - 10:09am by  |  Category: ,

This Sunday, June 2, 2019, Peter Mountford, Karen Finneyfrock, and Theo Nestor will teach an all-day Publishing Intensive. This course will give students a comprehensive overview of the publishing business, from finding an agent to seeing your book arrive in the…

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How Writing My Story Helped Me Heal by Ingrid Ricks

Posted Tue, 5/28/2019 - 9:56am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It was my own struggle with the pain from my childhood—followed by my ultimate decision to write my story—that made me understand the life-changing power of personal narrative. I’d tried to write Hippie Boy for more than a decade. But…

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Micro Lesson: Researching and Writing True Crime by Rebecca Morris

Posted Tue, 5/14/2019 - 9:31am by  |  Category: , ,

Authors and their readers are drawn to reading true crime because, to be honest, sensationalism can make for a good book. My guiding principle comes from Agatha Christie, who said: “The crime is the end of the story.” True crime…

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