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Posts about “Fiction”

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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How to Bring Truth into Storytelling by Kristen Millares Young

Posted Tue, 1/15/2019 - 10:05am by  |  Category: , , , ,

An investigative journalist by trade, I am a novelist and essayist by vocation. Today, I encourage you to use research to engage with the world. Don’t just sit at home, typing and scrolling. Google will not get you there. And…

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Micro Lesson: The Art of the Question with Jake Uitti

Posted Thu, 1/03/2019 - 9:16am by  |  Category: , , , ,

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re at your computer or on your cell phone and you’re scrolling through what might be of interest as you wait for a bus to arrive or a delivery person to bring you some…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2018

Posted Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:00am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over. Whether you’re hoping to get one last great read in before the start of the new year or plan for 2019, these recommendations from Hugo House teachers are sure to inspire and…

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Natalie Baszile: Honesty is Key to Capturing Place and Character

Posted Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:12pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, a breakout debut novel that follows the experiences of an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm and relocates from Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The book was named one of the…

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Finishing Your Book: A Q&A with Writer and Mentor Peter Mountford

Posted Wed, 8/29/2018 - 12:50pm by  |  Category: , , ,

This fall, we’re introducing a new advanced program for writers: a place of experimentation and accountability that we’re calling the Book Lab. Designed to help writers reach the final draft of their book, Book Lab is for anyone with a…

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level: New Tiered Classes in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

Posted Mon, 8/14/2017 - 1:29pm by  |  Category: , , ,

In addition to yearlong courses, we’re now excited to offer a track of classes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. These classes are designed to help you feel confident when progressing through your writing, equipping you with the appropriate tools,…

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