Tag Archives: literature

Game of Thrones and Storytelling

A disclaimer: I have read only the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and have watched the show to the current episode. Spoilers for the show follow. In Season One of Game of Thrones, and by … Continue reading

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Learning the Short Story

A friend pointed me towards a very interesting (and well-written) article about the state of creative writing programs in college and university. I highly suggest you go read it, but the general idea is that time constraints and the general … Continue reading

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Ghettoizing fiction

or: On Judging Bookstores Last week, I wrote a post at Silverstring Media about the risk of ghettoizing stories for certain demographics, the risk of (for example) labling a story within a transmedia property as the gay story, and thus … Continue reading

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Fine Arts degrees and Business

You may have heard of the somewhat recent controversy surrounding James Frey and his fiction sweatshop (story here). There was a bit of an outcry from certain members of the publishing industry that creative writing programs (MFAs, specifically) should have … Continue reading

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Young Adult Fiction: An overview

For my children’s writing class this year, we researched the various subgroups of children’s lit, from board book and picture books to early readers, juvenile novels, and young adult fiction. Given my preferences and work, I wrote up a summary … Continue reading

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The books that inspired us

I’m taking a course this year on writing for children, where we cover everything from picture books to young adult, and on the first day of class we discussed those books that inspired us or made an impression when we … Continue reading

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Writing for a Market

I’m sure most writers, at one point or another, have to debate with themselves about this: should I try to write stories for which there is a good market, so I can get published? Or should I just write whatever … Continue reading

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Genre Audience

The genre with which a piece is labeled — literary fiction, fantasy/science fiction, speculative fiction, romance, mystery — does a lot more than try to describe what kind of structure of setting the piece uses. I’ve written before about my … Continue reading

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The Power of Story

An Exhaustive Essay Exploring a Theory of Myth as Story, and How Stories Affect Us Novelist Graham Swift wrote that, “only animals live in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man — let me … Continue reading

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Pullman's Narrow View

As part of my ongoing interest in genre and writing and literary merit, I came across a discussion of Philip Pullman‘s views on fantasy. (Actually, I came across them as part of research on myth and story that I’m doing … Continue reading

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