The Shape of our Stories

Vonnegut wrote his master’s thesis on his theory that all stories could be graphed by computers – with good- and ill-fortune on the y-axis and time on the x-axis.


He believed novels were ultimately about how characters get into and out of trouble and that plots – no matter how varied their premises – could be represented by a mere handful of simple shapes.

December 13, 2017 | Ben Berman

December Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities

December 11, 2017 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings

We are in the thick of it. Winter means shorter days and longer shopping lists. If you've been wondering how you are going to find time for fiction between all the festivities that come with the season, don't despair. Here at the Dead Darlings office, we've got you covered with three things that every writer needs.

December 8, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

By Katrin Schumann

Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.

December 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Lit Boston: What’s Happening in December?

In the December 2017 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top five Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary goodness.

December 4, 2017 | GrubWrites

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