Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Charlotte Perkins Gilman

An open letter to Charlotte Perkins Gilman that reflects on postpartum and her story "The Yellow Wallpaper."
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Anne Sexton

An open letter to Anne Sexton on her birthday.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Emily Dickinson

A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Authentic Fiction

How to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Horror in a Post-Covid World

How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Edgy Fiction Without Being Obnoxious

Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
Joshua Isard

Improve Your Stories By Eliminating Agendas

The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.

Clarity vs. Experimentation: A Letter To Myself

Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love in Fiction

How to write about love in your fiction.
George Cotronis

The Art of the Pitch and Synopsis

You want to sell your novel or land an agent? Well, you need an elevator pitch and synopsis to do so. Here's Elevator Pitch 101.
George Cotronis

Productivity Methods for Writers

You want to write words, but you'd rather watch some TV and eat nachos. Don't, I'll help you get writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Leah Dearborn

NaNoWriMo vs. The Three-Day Novel Contest: Pros and Cons

Are you a tortoise or a hare? NaNoWriMo isn't the only writing marathon, and participating in different challenges can help you discover more about your own habits.
Leah Dearborn

Five Real Book Thieves

Who doesn’t love a good heist story? Markus Zusak may have popularized the idea in his YA novel, 'The Book Thief,' but literary theft isn’t exclusive to the realm of fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Why Are Textbooks So Fucking Expensive?

Differing studies have found that the average U.S. student spends between $600 and $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. What exactly makes textbooks so expensive?
Leah Dearborn

The Machine With a Soul: Typewriters In the Past, Present, and Future

Perhaps our fondness stems from that image in the collective cultural imagination: a man with his typewriter, clacking away in a lonely hotel room, bottle of cognac at his side.
Leah Dearborn

Believing In the Nonexistent: An Introduction to Fictional Realism

Have you ever wished that Rivendell existed so that you could go there next spring break? Fictional realists argue that technically, it does.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Chuck Palahniuk

Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs

You've always heard the maxim, "Show, don't tell..." but almost no writing teacher ever explains... How. Discover how to strengthen your prose by unpacking abstract and static verbs into descriptive action.
Stephen Graham Jones

Ten Obvious Truths About Fiction

Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Powerful Descriptions

Why the best descriptions are the ones that are easily understood, yet leave a lasting impression on readers’ minds.
Chuck Palahniuk

Beware the ‘Thesis Statement’

In: Abstracts
Abstract and summarizing lead statements feel natural to journalism and academic writing, but will suck the life from your fiction. Learn to unpack and rearrange these abstractions for greater effect.