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Charlie Jane Anders Wants You to Know Daydreaming Is Important, Serious Work
In this interview, Ruth Joffre talks with Charlie Jane Anders about her craft book ‘Never Say You Can’t Survive,’ building writing communities, and queer joy.
Jul 19, 2022
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How’s the Writing Going, Deesha Philyaw?
“For me, getting better as a writer is learning how to get to the essence of things and boil down all of that exposition and backstory.”
Jul 26, 2022
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Allegra Hyde Believes We Are a Product of the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Jean Marc Ah-Sen interviews Allegra Hyde about her novel ‘Eleutheria,’ the concept of climate fiction, and reckoning with the patterns of the past.
Aug 02, 2022

Cover Photo: This photograph is a close up of brightly colored bird feathers layered on top of one another--rich red, yellow, and blue, with hints of green.
Sensory Detail and Setting Exercise
Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this writing exercise from Aatif Rashid will help you write lyrical sentences rich with sensory detail.
Jun 13, 2022
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Turning a Scene Around for a Different View
A story changes depending on who’s doing the telling. Try a different version of a scene in your short story or novel to learn about your characters.
Aug 01, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph is of the graffitied walls of a dark tunnel, illuminated by a camera flash. At the end of the tunnel, we see that a question mark has been traced in light and captured by the camera. Everything has a sort of red glow, which makes it feel a bit mysterious and creepy.
The Power of “What If”
Speculative fiction is fueled by curiosity and questions. Try your hand at starting a new work (or building on something you’ve already started) with this exercise from classes instructor Tara Campbell.
Aug 08, 2022