10 Great First Lines Analyzed

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
August 5, 2022 (1) comments
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 (1) 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 (1) 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.

Why Writers Should Read Across the Genres

Column by Sara Tantlinger
Reading outside of one's favorite genre is vastly beneficial to a writer. Each genre brings unique elements that can help you strengthen your craft.

The Birthing of "Dream Pop Origami"

Column by Jackson Bliss
Jackson Bliss avoids the typical memoir narrative by giving control to the reader.

"The Autodidacts": Thomas Kendall On Writing Without An Outline

Column by Thomas Kendall
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.

Storyville: Writing Psychological Horror

Column by Richard Thomas
How to create an emotional bond and stimulate the brain of your readers with psychological horror.