In: Abstracts, Character, Dialogue, Grammar, Literary Devices, Narrator, Objects, Phrases, Plot, POV, Research, Rewriting, Structure, Verbs, Voice, Word Play, Workshop
Chuck surprised us all with a new batch of essays for 2014 & 2015! There is no exact timeline on how these will roll out, so just keep an eye on the site.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
36 exclusive craft essays on writing you won't find anywhere else online. The knowledge here is equivalent to what you'd get in an MFA program.
By Jay Wilburn
In: RewritingNo first draft is perfect. We all have bad habits and bad habits show up a lot. Here are 10 things Jay Wilburn seems to find in all his first drafts.
By Gabriel Hart
In: ResearchThink about all the stories that fall under radar, which sculpted your town into the place it is today.
By Peter Derk
In: ThemeI love "A Christmas Carol", and I thought I'd seen every version out there—I was wrong.
By Leah Rhyne
In: Live ReadingMany literary festivals went virtual in 2020 (& likely will do so for the first part of 2021). This is a first-hand account of why my organization did it, how we did it, & how we (barely) survived.
In: WorkshopAdvice on how to be a good critique partner, no matter what the situation.
In: VoiceThe first line. The first paragraph. The first page. The first chapter. They all matter. A lot. Here are some things you should keep in mind to get them right.
In: Literary DevicesTips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
In: PoetryHorror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.
By Joshua Isard
In: Live ReadingI am lonely and miss performing for people. Let's take a trip down memory lane.
By Joshua Isard
In: PhrasesEmploy language that allows the audience to believe your characters believe what is happening.
In: CharacterThe Weeping Monk is by far one of the most compelling characters in Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller's 'Cursed', and is a prime example of how to craft a redemption arc.
In: ResearchWhy should you get your stories reprinted? It can help your career!