Posts tagged “fiction”

Jess Walter on Time and the Writer

Posted Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:19am by  |  Category: , ,

Jess Walter believes that when you’ve got a sense of humor about life there’s always a way forward. That philosophy clearly relates to his work as a writer. While he may jest at his own ways and means of tackling…

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At the Loom of the Inner Weave by Willie Fitzgerald

Posted Mon, 3/20/2017 - 7:07am by  |  Category: ,

When I was twenty-three and full of vague and unpromising ideas about how fiction might work, I was constantly asking myself how a piece of fiction earns it. ‘It’ was loosely defined, as was ‘earn’; basically, I was looking for…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2016

Posted Wed, 12/07/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

The concept of a “best books” list isn’t, well, novel but we’d be remiss if we didn’t ask the writers and readers of Hugo House what kept them turning pages this year. What couldn’t they put down? What gripped them…

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Feeling rejected? William Faulkner did, too

Posted Mon, 3/28/2016 - 4:54pm by  |  Category:

William Faulkner once received a rejection letter that included this critique: “My chief objection is that you don’t seem to have any story to tell and I contend that a novel should tell a story and tell it well.” Ouch,…

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Feeling rejected? Anita Loos did, too

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:06pm by  |  Category:

Anita Loos set out to conquer Hollywood before women had the right to vote, so you can image she was familiar with shut doors and flat denials. But the California native kept at it, and the result, among other achievements,…

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Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world. Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them…

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“I Shall Be a Bestselling Writer” — Octavia E. Butler Gives Herself the Advice We All Need to Hear

Posted Mon, 2/08/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Feel like you’ve been seeing a lot of news about Octavia E. Butler lately? Unfortunately, it’s in honor of a sad anniversary. As of February 24, it’s been ten years since the beloved author died at age 58. The anniversary…

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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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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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Feeling rejected? Ann Beattie did, too

Posted Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:54pm by  |  Category:

Last week, Sylvia Plath shared her 1962 rejection letter from the New Yorker and, admittedly, it was rather kind as far as rejection letters go. This week, we’re taking no prisoners. Ann Beattie first rose to fame in the early…

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Feeling rejected? Sylvia Plath did, too

Posted Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:56pm by  |  Category:

Sitting at my keyboard, thinking of all the reasons why I shouldn’t write what I need to write, one word tends to flash red across my closed eyelids: rejection. What if the words I pour over, the ones I chisel…

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Gordon Lish’s Brand of “Fairness” in Fiction | A Micro-Lesson by Jeff Bender

Posted Fri, 6/19/2015 - 5:15pm by  |  Category:

I first heard the term fairness in a workshop with Amy Hempel at Columbia. She got it from her teacher, Gordon Lish. In a Vanity Fair article that Hempel wrote about Lish, called “Captain Fiction,” Hempel catches Lish saying, “Don’t…

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Classy Talk with Natalie Diaz

Posted Sun, 1/05/2014 - 12:57am by  |  Category:

What is the title of your class? Precision Through Wildness: Building the Image People should take this class if… they want to demand more out of their images. If they have tails. If they have teeth and horns. Or know someone with these things. Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?I have a facebook page. Find me there.

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