There is no other way to say this: writing emotionally devastating scenes is freaking hard. Especially when you’re dealing with the horror of post-apocalyptic worlds, the havoc wreaked by monsters, or even the evil-doing of the amoral but very human antagonist. You’ve got to be willing to wade through the flesh and the blood, to cut right down to the bone, in order to catalyze our deepest fears and emotions.
March 21, 2013 | KL Pereira
Would We Lie To You? From Couplet to Byline: How Nonfiction Writers and Poets Can Learn from Each Other
[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]
By Rebecca Givens Rolland
I've been writing poetry for as long as I can remember, drawn in by the chance to get lost in language, to find just the right balance of silence and words.
Nonfiction, I've come to realize, is an entirely different beast.
When I enrolled in Grub Street's Nonfiction Career Lab, I wondered what it would do for my writing practice, this nosedive into a genre that, aside from pages and pages of lyrical-essay musings, was almost ...
February 19, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab
About 15 years ago, I took a class with the well-known San Francisco editor Tom Jenks, who founded Narrative Magazine and worked with Raymond Carver. On the last day, each student had a 20-minute session with Tom in which to discuss their work.
I didn’t want to spend the time talking about my book. Instead, I asked: “I want to be a working writer. How do I do that?”
February 7, 2013 | Katrin Schumann
Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World
Bodice Slashers: The Intersections of Horror and Romance. A good title, no? It’s what I’m calling my imaginary anthology of essays (forthcoming from An Excellent Press). Edited by me, Carol Clover, and the ladies from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (because, hey, this is my fantasy), this antho will discuss what titillates and terrifies us, and how together, they make for a whole new genre of amazing tales that will literally shock readers into admitting to and reveling in the freaky, the romantic, and the dark.
January 17, 2013 | KL Pereira
By KL Pereira
I love pseudonyms. I have my own, of course. A name that I write and publish under with gobs of pride. And though pseudonyms are extremely common, other writers often ask me why I chose to use a pen name.
I firmly believe that pseudonyms are magic names, incantations, if you will, that are the keys to unlocking some of the deepest words in our souls. In the short story, “The Rule of Names” (and later in her Earthsea books), Ursula K