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bob-mustin's picture
Oct.07.2010
There are two valid ways to gain the chops necessary for writing respectability:   First, go to academia (yes, I actually said that). MFA courses abound, as do creative writing classes and writing workshops. These courses will take your skills up a notch or two, primarily by having you...
bob-mustin's picture
Sep.06.2010
It's Labor Day - - and what more fitting thing for a day away from the world than a game. Or a puzzle. Or a contest: I remember a professor of non-fiction saying a couple of years ago that he hated the moniker of that creative writing genre. "Non-fiction," he groused, "is what it's...
thaisa-frank's picture
Jul.29.2010
Even though I am-a "literary" fiction writer, I am a slave to momentum and suspense. Literary fiction is the great garbage-pail for the nameof almost anything that isn't plot-driven fiction (genre) or character-driven (mainstream)--both admittedly superficial categories.  Literary fiction...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.12.2010
These days, many readers - like the population at large - prefer their entertainment with heaping doses of reality, hence the growing popularity of historical fiction. This writer has moved his chops into historical fiction is an attempt to entice readers. Whether you're a writer or get your kicks...
bob-mustin's picture
May.26.2010
    Once in a while I have to brag on the writers who inspire me. Hansen is one of a shortlist of these - a writer of great range who can occasionally leave me slack-jawed at his turns-of-the phrase. He's hardly a genre writer - and that too inspires me - moving between literate westerns, literary...
j-c-hallman's picture
May.15.2010
A pair of recent conversations have left me frustrated with what people seem to think a work of art can mean. I fall in the Ed Hirsch school of meaning – a work of art means what an artist means it to mean, for the same reason this sentence means what I mean it to mean – and to my mind, a work of...
adele-annesi's picture
May.07.2010
  Mary Carroll Moore is an award-winning author, novelist, artist and teacher whose work has appeared over 200 publications. Her latest novel is Qualities of Light. Mary has a particular gift for helping writers find the emotional truth in their work to make it the best it can be. This week, she...
lili-le-clerc's picture
Apr.29.2010
  I am useless with titles. I came up with a pretty good one once . It's a Hard Road Finding the Perfect Woman. I pinched it from an ad for beer. Now, I have my first three chapters of my completed manuscript polished enough to see my reflection in. I have a pretty decent two page synopsis written...
adele-annesi's picture
Apr.23.2010
Writer Dawn Aldrich, author of the children's picture book Auntie's House, is working on a nonfiction book for adult daughters of divorce. Here, she talks about deadlines, accountability and audience. AA: How do you feel about deadlines that also demand a shift in different writing styles? DA: Now...
caleb-j-ross's picture
Apr.05.2010
  Episode #002 of The Velvet Podcast just went live a few hours ago. Me, Chris Deal, Bob Pastorella, and Chris Bodenstein talk about: Why the disparity between genre fiction and literary fiction? Why are these two modes so often thought of as mutually exclusive? Though genre fiction (the...