Column by Amanda Bender
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
Column by Gabino Iglesias
Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.
Column by Matthew Quirk April 13, 2017
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.
Column by Fred Venturini March 31, 2017
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
A Conversation With Chloe Caldwell About Truth, Sugar Packets, and Her New Collection 'I'll Tell You In Person'Interview by Rob Hart September 29, 2016
Chloe Caldwell talks about her fantastic new essay collection about love, death, acne, heroin, and growing up.
Column by Rob Hart July 13, 2016
Six writers went into the woods. They all came out with words. Here's what happened. Spoiler alert: Nothing really that crazy, and seriously, why don't writers do this more often?
A Conversation With Ben H. Winters About Racism, Outlining, and His New Novel 'Underground Airlines'Interview by Rob Hart July 8, 2016
Ben H. Winters talks about the controversy related to his new novel (or lack thereof), racial appropriation, outlining, and what he's got coming next...
A Conversation With Alex Segura About PR, Archie Comics, And His New Novel 'Down the Darkest Street'Interview by Rob Hart
New dad, PR man, comic editor, mystery writer. How does Alex Segura do it? Find out in his interview!
Column by Rob Hart May 4, 2016
Want to boost your productivity? Rob Hart (author of two novels, two upcoming novels, a James Patterson novella, holder of two jobs, and father to a new baby) offers some insight.
Interview by Rob Hart
John Skipp on short stories, his new LitReactor class, and his latest collection: "The Art of Horrible People."
Column by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2015
It's considered one of the best screenplays ever written, but why? Let's explore what works (and what doesn't work) about 'Chinatown.'
Interview by Rob Hart June 29, 2015
Joshua Mohr—acclaimed author and LitReactor instructor extraordinaire—has a new book out, so him and Rob Hart talked about finding time to write when you have a baby.
I Killed Twenty People (But Not the Dog): 10 Things I Learned Writing HIT, My Violent Teen Assassin NovelColumn by Delilah S. Dawson April 28, 2015
Delilah S. Dawson shares what she learned while writing her latest novel—from the importance of counting clocks to letting the characters say the wrong thing. And why you just don't kill a dog.
Column by Susan DeFreitas June 6, 2014
What are editors really looking for? A literary critter so elusive, so infrequently and sketchily described, it might as well be Sasquatch.
News by Rob Hart May 20, 2014
We've got a full slate of classes for June — a little something for everyone.
Column by Susan DeFreitas April 11, 2014
When is good advice bad advice? When it doesn't account for the many ways that we learn and grow as writers.
Column by Richard Thomas February 10, 2014
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
Column by Troy Farah January 27, 2014
Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Column by Rob Hart April 5, 2013
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
Column by Dana Fredsti April 3, 2013
Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
News by Rob Hart March 12, 2013
Erotica writer EL James will publish a guide offering advice to writers. This is not an Onion story.
Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.