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Past-Tensing: A Review of Andrea Scarpino’s Once, Then

by JHow August 1, 2014

by Amy Elisabeth Hansen My gramps died slowly over three years. Toward the end, my husband and I made the eight-hour drive from Marquette, Michigan, to suburban Chicago as often [...]

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Writers on Writing #86: Laura Davenport

by JHow July 28, 2014

On Literary Relationships It’s six a.m. in Savannah and the email I’ve been waiting for arrives, the subject simply “poem.” My husband is in Prague for five weeks at the [...]

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Writers on Writing #87: Matthew Burnside

by JHow July 25, 2014

On Bitterness I’ll confess right away to being a hypocrite. I’ve written a lot about the unseemliness of bitterness in the past, of the very human petty envies that arise [...]

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Writers on Writing #85: Sylvia Chan

by JHow July 21, 2014

The Autobiographical Trauma There is a recent, though hardly new, trend in trauma writing. In particular, trauma is often the first and sometimes, only, aspect relayed in the writing – [...]

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If No One Can Be Kept Safe At All Times by Katie Jean Shinkle

by JHow July 10, 2014

Tim Johnston on today’s bonus essay: When I was younger, I thought tied bed sheets were step one to escaping prison. Weren’t there cartoon characters like or not like Donald [...]

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Writers on Writing #84: Dallas Woodburn

by JHow July 8, 2014

First, Please Yourself About ten years ago I was fortunate enough to get the chance to meet Elizabeth Berg when she gave a talk at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. [...]

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Writers on Writing #83: Amy Scharmann

by JHow July 1, 2014

The Essential Swamp I don’t believe in heaven, but I believe I’m being watched. During a bike ride, on my favorite trail that winds its way out to Payne’s Prairie, [...]

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Writers on Writing #82: Matthew Fogarty

by JHow June 19, 2014

On Starting Every story is an impossibility and every time I start a new one there’s a long moment when I believe in that impossibility. To write a story is [...]

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I Said, You Said, Red Said, Blue Said by Tom Rich

by JHow June 17, 2014

The other day, I stumbled across a list of writing tips from Elmore Leonard. I’ve never read any Elmore Leonard novels, though I kind of want to now. At any [...]

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Writers on Writing #81: Devin Kelly

by JHow June 10, 2014

Truth-Seeking: On the Art of Finding Truth in Fiction In a recent workshop at school, a professor told my fellow students and I that “all fiction is inherently a lie.” [...]

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