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Posts about “Micro Lesson”

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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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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Micro Lesson: Back to the (Plastic) Well by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Mon, 4/22/2019 - 10:00am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

Or: You Never Know When Research Will Prove Useful 1. Not all Navel-Gazing Is Bad A few weeks ago, I published a review of the electronic duo Matmos’s new album, Plastic Anniversary. At the risk of repeating myself, Plastic Anniversary—which…

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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 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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Micro Lesson: How To Write What Scares You by Sara Brickman

Posted Thu, 2/07/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category: , ,

Several years ago, I was handed a prompt by one of my writing teachers. The assignment was to write a cento, a form of found poetry where one builds lines out of or around scraps of texts from other writers….

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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 Intersection of Poetry and Activism with Demi Wetzel

Posted Wed, 1/09/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , ,

The optimism of a new year is almost too sweet to ignore. The next few hundred days are full of possibilities, ranging from the positive and uplifting to the more sinister and grotesque. It is perhaps a fair assumption to…

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Micro Lesson: Jeanine Walker on Discovering Poetic Voice

Posted Fri, 7/07/2017 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , ,

Our voice as poets is a mix of who we are, what we think and feel, and a summation of everything we’ve read in our lives. Voice is the result of both experience and influence. In her book Black Lightning:…

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