Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013 (20) comments
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013 (6) comments
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Column by Rob W. Hart April 5, 2013 (124) comments
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
Column by Dana Fredsti April 3, 2013 (3) comments
Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
News by Rob W. Hart March 12, 2013 (24) comments
Erotica writer EL James will publish a guide offering advice to writers. This is not an Onion story.
Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013 (7) comments
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013 (3) comments
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013 (5) comments
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Column by Robbie Blair January 16, 2013 (7) comments
A brief look at the neuroscience and psychology of writer's block, along with seven strategies for how you can outsmart this adversary of writers around the world.
Column by Richard Thomas January 14, 2013 (16) comments
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
Column by Richard Thomas November 2, 2012 (9) comments
Whether it's during NaNoWriMo or on your own, free writing can help you channel your visions.
Column by Richard Thomas October 25, 2012 (9) comments
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2012 (6) comments
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.
Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012 (8) comments
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Column by Taylor Houston October 3, 2012 (56) comments
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
Column by Jon Gingerich September 26, 2012 (12) comments
Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012 (8) comments
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Column by Richard Thomas September 19, 2012 (8) comments
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2012 (11) comments
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Column by Richard Thomas August 16, 2012 (3) comments
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.
Column by Kelly Thompson August 6, 2012 (6) comments
Two weeks after a successful Kickstarter campaign for my novel, 'The Girl Who Would Be King,' I'm here to tell you about my experiences - what worked, what didn't, and a few things I'd recommend.
Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012 (19) comments
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
News by Dennis Widmyer
An essay by Joshua Mohr, critically acclaimed author of 'Damascus.' This essay was featured in Josh's sold-out class with us, 'Plotlines' and is being offered exclusively now for Workshop Members.
Column by Jon Gingerich June 13, 2012 (11) comments
A unique, compelling character must always possess the ability to confront — and ultimately confuse — readers’ expectations at every turn.