It has been several years ago now that I workshopped what I was then referring to as a "story" called "Barry Gibb is the Cutest Bee Gee" at the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop at Hollins University. I had whipped it out quite fast and at the last minute, as we are sometimes apt to do. But … Continue reading What is a Story, as Opposed to a Vignette?
Previously posted on my old blog 50 shimmering pages. You might also enjoy "The Intersection of Pity & Fear: A Look at Endings in Short Fiction." October 6, 2013 As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair, to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings, of … Continue reading More on Pity and Fear in Fiction
I'm re-posting older essays from my previous blog 50 shimmering pages. Love to hear what you think. October 6, 2013 For my craft thesis in the MFA program, I wrote an essay called "The End is Near: Examining the 'Satisfying' Ending in Short Stories." I'm currently revising my short fiction in hopes of pulling together … Continue reading The Intersection of Pity and Fear: At Look at Endings in Short Fiction
Came upon a few posts from my old blog 50 shimmering pages that I thought might be of interest to some of you. March 14, 2013 For the last several months, I have been obsessed with trying to understand what makes one novel more broadly appealing than another. Because the question is complex and thorny, … Continue reading The Enemy of Good is Better: Novels that Resonate vs. Novels that Satisfy
"You become a better writer because you need to become a writer. Nothing else." ~ Grace Paley
High school students in China understand the burden of expectation. As this article points out, 9.4 million of them compete for the most coveted prize in China -- a spot in one of the nation's top universities. So great is their burden that the entire country takes extreme measures to allow students to perform their … Continue reading The Burden of Expectation
For the past several days, I've been working through a stack of critical analysis essays and printed slides of accompanying oral presentations as well as revisions of short stories and personal essays. Every semester I struggle to come up with rubrics that will help guide students toward successfully completing assignments in my creative writing courses. It's not … Continue reading Grading Creative Writing: What’s an A?