Good Writers are Consummate Liars

Lately, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot in preparation for leading the upcoming spring semester Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College. I almost always spend the months leading up to it reading a new crop of short stories across the … Continue reading

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Writer’s retreats: boot camp, bad-girl camp-out, or nunnery?

What do you do for your writing—and yourself—when your muse is in a coma, the book isn’t coming together, flying monkeys chatter menacingly outside your window, and you’re tired, tired, tired?

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CLARION 2014–Teaching Week One
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I teach the fiction workshop at Swarthmore College. That’s a workshop usually comprising the “smartest kids in the room” as the saying goes. Outside of Swarthmore, that’s not been my experience: Workshop attendees usually span the range from “interesting” to … Continue reading

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Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Three
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Last time I talked about some of the responsibilities the members of a critique group or writers’ workshop had to the writer whose work they were critiquing. This time, I’d like to address the responsibilities of the writer, which go … Continue reading

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Don’t Crush That Writer! (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – One
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At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading

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