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The 4th Language of Genre Fiction with M. Todd Gallowglas

In his book, How Fiction Works, James Wood claims, “…the novelist is working with at least three languages.” Hey, the guy teaches English at Harvard, so he’s probably on to something. Scholar of genre literature, M. Todd Gallowglas, suggests a … Continue reading

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Emotional Impact: How to Punch ‘Em in the Feelz with José Pablo Iriarte

Great fiction can make you cry, cringe, rejoice, and above all feel the emotions the author wants you to feel. How do you go about putting more emotion in your fiction without overwhelming or overwriting? How do you avoid being … Continue reading

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Setting the Stakes: How to Pull the Reader (and Yourself) Through the Story with Tobias Buckell

Sometimes stories flounder because it’s not clear what’s at stake, and that confusion can happen to the writer as well as the reader. How do you communicate what’s important to your reader and how can you use that same information in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: We Are Not Entertained by Aigner Loren Wilson

There’s this common misconception that the world of editing (in the sense of submitting your story to a magazine or contest) is an absolute puzzle constantly being shifted around by angry and jaded editors. In classes, writing groups, and even among non-writers, I hear it repeated that you have to have this unknowable combination of luck and talent to land a spot in a magazine, and it isn’t worth trying or learning. You got it or you don’t.

But that type of thinking leaves most people without it.

I want to say that in my years as a reader, judge, and developmental editor none of that is true. Especially about editors. We’re not shadowed goblins lying in wait to crush every writers’ dream. The reason we got into this line of work is because we want to hear a good story, a new story. We want to be entertained.
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Make Your Fiction Sing: Songwriting Techniques that Carry into Prose with Sarah Pinsker

Rhythm, sound, emotion—so many techniques span the arts. You don’t need to have a musical bone in your body to learn how the building blocks of songwriting can help you tighten and elevate your stories. Come discover how to make … Continue reading

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Guest Post: B. Morris Allen on Writing in Harmony

Writing is inherently frustrating, because it’s a process of condensing imagination into prose–taking countless colours and dimensions of dreaming and stripping them down to a few crude black and white stick drawings that readers can expand back in their own … Continue reading

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Head Hopping and Head Hunting: Deep Point of View Writing with Tracy Townsend

Writers are often encouraged to focus on developing their voice, much of which comes from how they approach point of view in their work. In this class, you’ll work with Tracy Townsend, author of the Thieves of Fate series from Pyr, to … Continue reading

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Dunking the Reader in the Details: Toolsets for Creating Immersive Worlds with Cat Rambo

How do you create a world that feels immersive to your reader without drowning them in description? What details should be included — and what should be left out? Cat Rambo gives you twelve tools to use for creating immersive … Continue reading

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