Story Structure: The Magic Bullet that Nearly Killed Me

Column by Matthew Quirk April 13, 2017 (3) comments
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.

The Violence Yet to Come: Breaking Down the 'Taboo' Pilot

Column by Fred Venturini March 31, 2017 (3) comments
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
Chloe Caldwell

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 (3) comments
Chloe Caldwell talks about her fantastic new essay collection about love, death, acne, heroin, and growing up.

Broke Hack Mountain: A Recap, and Tips for Planning Your Own Writing Retreat

Column by Rob Hart July 13, 2016 (2) comments
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 'U

A Conversation With Ben H. Winters About Racism, Outlining, and His New Novel 'Underground Airlines'

Interview by Rob Hart July 8, 2016 (2) comments
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...
Alex Segura, Comics, Craft, marketing, PR, Writing

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!

Eight Tips For Increasing Your Writing Output, From A Very Busy Writer

Column by Rob Hart May 4, 2016 (11) comments
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.
John Skipp

A Couple Of Questions With LitReactor Instructor And 'The Art of Horrible People' Author John Skipp

Interview by Rob Hart
John Skipp on short stories, his new LitReactor class, and his latest collection: "The Art of Horrible People."

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Chinatown'

Column by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2015 (2) comments
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, Joshua Mohr, Craft, Writing

A Conversation with Joshua Mohr About His New Novel, 'All This Life'

Interview by Rob Hart June 29, 2015 (3) comments
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 Novel

Column by Delilah S. Dawson April 28, 2015 (4) comments
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.

Presence on the Page: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

Column by Susan DeFreitas June 6, 2014 (2) comments
What are editors really looking for? A literary critter so elusive, so infrequently and sketchily described, it might as well be Sasquatch.
June's Slate of Writing Workshops: YA, NA, Critique, Character, and Using F

June's Slate of Writing Workshops: YA, NA, Critique, Character, and Using Fact to Support Fiction

News by Rob Hart May 20, 2014 (2) comments
We've got a full slate of classes for June — a little something for everyone.

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have)

Column by Susan DeFreitas April 11, 2014 (36) comments
When is good advice bad advice? When it doesn't account for the many ways that we learn and grow as writers.

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Column by Richard Thomas February 10, 2014 (7) comments
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.

How Journalism Can Help Polish Your Fiction

Column by Troy Farah January 27, 2014 (1) comments
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.

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013 (20) comments
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013 (6) comments
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.

Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using

Column by Rob Hart April 5, 2013 (190) comments
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.

On Writer's Constipation, The Sophomore Slump and Zombies

Column by Dana Fredsti April 3, 2013 (3) comments
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.
'Fifty Shades' Author EL James To Publish Writing Guide

'Fifty Shades' Author EL James To Publish Writing Guide

News by Rob Hart March 12, 2013 (44) comments
Erotica writer EL James will publish a guide offering advice to writers. This is not an Onion story.

Storyville: Writing the Grotesque

Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013 (9) comments
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.

Storyville: Breaking Hearts

Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013 (3) comments
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.

Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013 (5) comments
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.

7 Strategies to Outsmart Writer's Block

Column by Robbie Blair January 16, 2013 (9) comments
A brief look at the neuroscience and psychology of writer's block, along with seven strategies for how you can outsmart this adversary of writers around the world.