Assembling the Avengers: An Essential Reading List

Column by BH Shepherd
May 4, 2012 (3) comments
The Avengers has always been about vastly different people finding common ground and working together. This just might be the superhero movie we need.

Figurative Language, and Stuff Like That

Column by Chris Rosales
May 3, 2012 (2) comments
Add depth to your writing with a Figurative Language Well.

LURID: Autopsy Moxie

Column by Karina Wilson
Do you read dead people? Lurid looks at our fascination with violent deaths and the fine forensic minds who make sense out of senseless killing.

Storyville: Dissection of "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave"

Column by Richard Thomas
May 2, 2012 (18) comments
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."

The Blagger's Guide to Philosophy and Literature

Column by Cath Murphy
May 2, 2012 (5) comments
Don't know your Foucault from your fucked up? This short but essential guide to philosophy's influence on fiction is here to help.

New Release Roundup: Recommendations for May 2012

Column by John Jarzemsky
A look at what's hot off the presses for the month of May.

My Kindle Experiment: What A Month And Change Can Teach You

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
April 30, 2012 (10) comments
Amazon may be on everyone's naughty list this year, but they're still the easiest game in town when it comes to self-publishing and selling your book. You just have to work the kinks out, first.

Ask The Lit Coach: "What Are The Most Important Factors When Writing A Query Letter?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
April 30, 2012 (6) comments
Does the perfect query letter exist? Are positive reactions to pitches worth something? It's all about query letters this week on Ask The Lit Coach!

Bangs, Whimpers, and Apes: The Top 10 World-Ending Events In Science Fiction

Column by Jon Korn
April 27, 2012 (4) comments
Armageddon time! Just in time for 2012, Jon Korn chooses his favorite apocalypses from science fiction.

The Spiraling Narrative

Column by Jon Gingerich
April 26, 2012 (2) comments
Plots shouldn't unfold with cause-and-effect insomuch as careful repetitions of symbolism and theme. Here's one way you can do this without forcing the story to wear symbolism on it sleeve.