Neglected Books: Short Stories by Landolfi, Steiner, Wilson and Borges

Column by Phil Jourdan
December 8, 2011 (6) comments
This month we look at four great short stories by very different authors — from the story of a man married to a balloon to the capture of Adolf Hitler, from turtle soup to an intellectual conspiracy.

The Day I Met God

Column by Ed Sikov
December 8, 2011 (5) comments
Film biographer Ed Sikov regales us with the tale of the day he met his lord and master, legendary director Billy Wilder.

LURID: Bad to the Bone? (Part 1: Juveniles)

Column by Karina Wilson
December 7, 2011 (6) comments
Home for the holidays? Take a look at some literary psychopaths and learn to spot the real thing amongst members of your own family with Lurid's handy field guide. First up, the junior editions.

The Art Of The Rewrite

Column by Jon Gingerich
December 7, 2011 (10) comments
A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.

Six Shortcomings of Small Presses

Column by Brandon Tietz
December 6, 2011 (6) comments
Are you shopping your book around to small presses? Here's some things to keep in mind.

Ask The Lit Coach: "How Do You Find The Time To Write What You Love If You're So Busy?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
December 5, 2011 (3) comments
One writer's time and another writer's decision to approach the publishing world with either a short story collection or a novel are the focus of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

Column by Richard Thomas
December 5, 2011 (12) comments
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.

The Top 10 Best Opening Lines Of Novels

Column by Meredith Borders
December 2, 2011 (63) comments
So few books get that critical first line truly, completely right. Here are ten that do.

Themes of Pedophilia in the Works of Piers Anthony

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 2, 2011 (39) comments
Fantasy novelist Piers Anthony has written close to 150 books in his lifetime. As a whole, his body of work reveals a more than passing interest in child sexuality. Is he enlightened or just creepy?

“I tell the truth, even when I lie.”: A Discussion of Unreliable Narrators

Column by Taylor Houston
December 1, 2011 (4) comments
Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.