Ask the Writing Teacher

November 18, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: Fifty Shades of Rejection 14

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To get an informed answer, I decided to query some highly respected magazine editors and readers to see what they had to say on the topic.

August 12, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: Story Arc(s) 6

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The thought of a student asking me this question in a classroom, where I would have to improvise a coherent answer, is enough to make me retire. Story arc?!

April 11, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: A Spork in the Road 6

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Honey, you aren’t a contestant on The Bachelor, you’re a writer!

February 27, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: Novelists on First Drafts 12

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I decided to ask some writers I admire what they try to figure out with their first drafts. What, I asked them, do you need to know before you begin? And what do you try to solve as you’re working on that first draft?

July 23, 2012

Ask the Writing Teacher: Transitions 10

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How does a writer attach one scene to the next without saying “And then…”?

March 30, 2012

Ask the Writing Teacher: The MFA Debate 35

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If you decide not to apply to MFA programs, it can’t be because you fear getting rejected.