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Posts about “Fiction”

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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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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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: 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 Short by Stephanie Hammer and Samantha Updegrave

Posted Tue, 4/30/2019 - 9:12am by  |  Category: , , ,

As MFA classmates, we had the fun and honor of learning how to write short forms with a master of both the prose poem and flash fiction: the speculative writer Bruce Holland Rogers. Bruce is famous for coming up with…

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The Difference Between Drama and Conflict (and Why You Need to Know It) by Eric McMillan

Posted Fri, 4/26/2019 - 9:32am by  |  Category: , , , ,

We’ve all struggled, at one point or another, to explain in conversation what, exactly, our stories are about. We hem and haw. “Well, you see…” And one of the reasons that we get in such a muddle is because sometimes…

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Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Story by Jennifer Haupt

Posted Tue, 4/23/2019 - 10:05am by  |  Category: , , , ,

Whether you’re just dipping a toe into the waters of your story (fiction or memoir) or you’re stuck rowing around in circles, there are seven basic steps for integrating character development, plot, and structure that will enable you to navigate…

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How to Hybrid by Shayla Lawson

Posted Wed, 4/17/2019 - 9:14am by  |  Category: , , , ,

We live in an age where writing is genre-fluid. Some of us have learned, some of us have adapted, and some of us have always been there. Wherever you are in the spectrum right now, it is a wonderful time…

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Micro Lesson: Let’s Make a Lexicon! by Samantha Updegrave

Posted Tue, 4/16/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , , , , ,

What is a lexicon? A wordbook. The vocabulary proper to some department of knowledge or sphere of activity. The vocabulary or word-stock of a region, particular speaker, etc. A list of words or names. Why have a lexicon? “The writers…

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Micro Lesson: Writing a Human by Beth Slattery

Posted Mon, 4/15/2019 - 9:56am by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

Writing character—whether a fabricated one in fiction, a remembered one in memoir, or an imagined historical figure in a poem—can be daunting.   Often, we focus too much on how the character looks. We write them as if we were…

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Micro Lesson: Writing the Ending with Cara Diaconoff

Posted Fri, 4/12/2019 - 9:42am by  |  Category: , , , ,

A powerful story ending is both inevitable and surprising. Most fiction writers are familiar with this bit of wisdom. But how to pull it off—that sense of an ending that the reader never quite saw coming, even as it seems…

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“Writing Saved Me”: An Exclusive Q&A with Andre Dubus III

Posted Wed, 3/13/2019 - 10:00am by  |  Category: , , , ,

Andre Dubus III is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller House of Sand and Fog, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and was adapted into the Academy-Award nominated film. His other books…

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