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The Ice Palace: Storming the Iceland Writers Retreat

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I arrived in Keflavik at four in the morning on April 8th, midnight in Boston, and tottered through immigration. The officers on duty beckoned me through with a wave.

“How was your flight? Good? Good! Welcome to Iceland. We hope you enjoy yourself here.”

They were a chipper pair, sunny golden-haired young men in beige shirts that tightened around the biceps. They stamped my passport in front of a window brown with the whale-back of mountains just before dawn.

May 18, 2015 | Nicole Miller

Guest Post Residencies The Writing Life

Winter Dreams: A Different Kind of Writers Conference

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During the Ides of March, as the wind howled and the flakes swirled outside my attic-study, I was faced by a dilemma: to go or not to go to AWP? Since my time as an MFA student, AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) had impressed me as the mother of all writing conferences: heaving at 10,000 participants, it has been known to overrun its host city for four days, engorging entire downtowns

May 12, 2015 | Nicole Miller

Guest Post Residencies The Writing Life

The Spirit and the Letter

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By Nicole Miller

Editor's note: Learn more about writing horror at Nicole's upcoming seminar, "Home & Horror: The Shirley Jackson-Style Ghost Story"! 

The modern-day ghost story is a subtle art.  Lost are the vampires, draughty castles, floating ladies in flowing white robes who scrape the window panes of unreliable narrators, moveable moss-covered crypts and dancing skeletons which populated the pages of its ancestor, the gothic tale

October 10, 2013 | Nicole Miller

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