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Literary Contests with June Submission Deadlines ($20 and Under Application Fees)

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:05:33 +00002014-06-01T16:05:33Z

Here is a selection of contests with $20 and under application fees. What has your experience been with submitting to literary contests? Do you think it's worth it if there is a fee?[...]

Writing about sex and writing erotica: the big difference

Sat, 31 May 2014 09:47:03 +00002014-05-31T09:47:03Z

Painting by Ho Ryan Lee Writing about the way a character views sex can give insight into that character's complex internal world. But what is the difference between writing about sex and writing erotica? Here are some thoughts and tips on writing about sex in literature.[...]

What Makes a Writer a Writer?

Fri, 30 May 2014 13:09:57 +00002014-05-30T13:09:57Z

Do you have to be published? Or write a thousand words? When do you get to give yourself the title? What if you don't write every day? Here are some of my thoughts on discipline and the art and work of being a writer.[...]

How to teach a writing workshop

Tue, 27 May 2014 07:49:12 +00002014-05-27T07:49:12Z

My next fiction workshop begins tomorrow, so I have been thinking about teaching, my students, and their writing. Having taught for a long time, and at many institutions, I have tweaked certain aspects of my class over the years. For the most part, however, I believe I have found a structure that is beneficial to my students, as many of them seem inspired, and have gone on to get to their MFAs and to become published writers. Click here to learn about what has worked for me, and feel free to comment on what has worked for you!...Read Full Post[...]

Flash Fiction and Lydia Davis: what makes a good short-short?

Thu, 22 May 2014 13:30:24 +00002014-05-22T13:30:24Z

How is a short-short story different from other types of fiction? Let's look at the "master," Lydia Davis...[...]

Up and coming author Sara Lippmann on her new book!

Wed, 21 May 2014 10:39:34 +00002014-05-21T10:39:34Z

I've had the pleasure of interviewing the talented Sara Lippmann about her new book DOLL PALACE. Click here for her thoughts on doing the work, the road to publishing, and the writing life![...]

Dos and Don'ts: How do you submit to a literary magazine?

Sat, 17 May 2014 12:57:19 +00002014-05-17T12:57:19Z

Want to get your story past the interns? What should you write on your cover letter? Can you submit to more than one magazine at the same time? Should you copyright your work?  Click here for the answers!


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Some new writing prompts...

Wed, 14 May 2014 19:53:59 +00002014-05-14T19:53:59Z

Tired of the old ones? Try some of these...

What can the show INTERVENTION teach us about fiction writing?

Mon, 12 May 2014 15:03:47 +00002014-05-12T15:03:47Z

Death is not necessarily a plot device in fiction. Neither are diseases. Here are some thoughts on how to avoid these cliches, and think about narrative without having to take your character down...

Writing based on experience: when should I do it?

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:32:31 +00002014-04-30T21:32:31Z

Timing is everything. Here are some thoughts on when to begin writing from experience...