Story Development for Pantsers

Column by Jay Wilburn
Pantsers are the wild and wooly improvisational artists of the writing world. Here are some tools and approaches that can help them develop their stories without giving up their preferred style.

Alan Moore's Incredibly Underrated Writing Guide

Column by Peter Derk
If you haven't read through Alan Moore's 'Writing For Comics,' you're missing an absolute treasure of how-to-write greatness.

I Fell In Love With Reading My Work Out Loud - To Others

Column by Karis Rogerson
Reading work aloud is a tried-and-true tip for revising, but what about doing it in front of others? A case for reading your WIPs aloud in a safe space.

How Do You Choose the Best Conventions and Writers Retreats?

Column by Jay Wilburn
August 8, 2022 (3) comments
If you are spending the money to attend a convention or writers retreat, you want it to be worth it. Here is a guide from people who have attended the best and worst of them.

10 Great First Lines Analyzed

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
A first line is a moment of orientation: the reader opening their eyes into the story.

Writing Advice for Non-Writers

Column by Peter Derk
August 4, 2022 (2) comments
So you have to write something. Maybe it's the first thing you've written since high school. Don't worry, it's not that hard. We'll get through it together.

Requiem For Elizabeth V. Aldrich (October 9th, 1992–July 10th, 2022)

Column by Gabriel Hart
August 3, 2022 (2) comments
Obituary/memorial for author Elizabeth V. Aldrich.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: 10 Dark Nautical Novels

Column by Leah Dearborn
Some darker materials for your beach reading pleasure.

Is My MFA Worth It? For the Sense of Belonging, It Is

Column by Karis Rogerson
July 29, 2022 (1) comments
Karis Rogerson reflects on her first semester in an MFA program at VCFA, and whether or not it's worth it.

Why I Put a Book On A Gameboy Cartridge

Column by Peter Derk
I'll give you the "how" as well, but let's start with why anyone would do such a thing.