Three Things Graphic Novels Taught This Memoirist About Writing Prose

I’ll admit, I was late to the graphic novel genre. I was one of those who sneered (inwardly, for I have some modicum of tact) that they were comic books. And while I loved comic books as a kid, and filled my childhood shelves with Richie Rich and Archie and Uncle Scrooge, literary storytelling those were not.

But then I read Marjane Sartrapi’s Persepolis—a work that I believe could not have been written as effectively in any other form—and I became hooked

April 3, 2012 | Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

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Dear 160: A Love (?) Letter

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By Becky Tuch

Dear One-Sixty,

There comes a time in every writer’s life when she must put away childish things. She must rise up out of her wobbly, Swiss-cheese-patterned chairs, walk away from the thin walls that carry noise from every neighboring space, and wave goodbye to the Emerson students hanging out in dorm rooms across the alley. She must move on to something better, something bigger, something a little more…One-Sixty-Two.

March 23, 2012 | Becky Tuch

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Writer On The Road: Chicago (AWP), Tucson (Festival Of Books). Writers' Conferences: Why Go?

Before this spring, I'd never been to a writers' conference. Except Grub Street's Muse & Marketplace, of course. As a Grub founder and addict, I'd been to all the Muses for the past 10 years.  I'd been on the panels, bought new shoes for the parties, cheered the novelists I'd been working with who hoped to get contracts and advice from the agents and editors who came from NYC; hobnobbed with those glitterati--who reminded me, when I stood in the back of the room where they were meeting with writers, of the smartest kids in ...

March 22, 2012 | Jenna Blum

Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer Guest Post Inspiration


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by Amy E. O'Neal

If there is one aspect of writing in which I am not hesitant to proclaim my expertise, it is not finishing stories.  Novels, novellas, short stories, plays – I have not finished them all.  I have piles and piles of scrap material, hard drives full of it.  Some of it was best left aside, of course, but some of it truly glitters.  Recently, I decided to examine and share my skills in not finishing so many stories.

March 8, 2012 | Info

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Screenwriting 101

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By Melissa Coleman

There’s this thing that happens when you publish a first book—people suddenly assume you know what you’re doing. Truth is, after all those years of struggle and reward, you may have figured out the first one but that doesn’t make the next any easier. Herein, the tale of how a screenwriting class helped ease the pain.

About eight months following the successful publication of my first book, the new story I wanted to write was withering under attempts to bring it to life on the page

March 6, 2012 | Melissa Coleman

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