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Slaying Genre: Ghost Season

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It’s almost that time. Next week, we stuff ourselves to bursting and look toward the flash and familial insanity that ends the year with an overabundance of tinsel, torn wrapping paper, and midnight champagne toasts. For many of us, it feels bittersweet, especially because this time of year is so haunted with the people, places, and expectations we’ve left behind (or have left us behind).

November 21, 2013 | KL Pereira

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Lab Report: We Tried an Experiment and Our Students Made It a Success

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Pagan Kennedy

A year ago, Ethan Gilsdorf and I began to discuss a wildly ambitious idea: Could we invent a new way to teach nonfiction writing?

Because we're working journalists, we both benefit from constant feedback from our agents and editors.

Unfortunately, creative-writing students rarely have a chance to learn from those kinds of encounters with the real world of publishing.

March 5, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Would We Lie To You? When Life Eclipses Your Nonfiction Book

[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]


by  Deborah L. Blicher 


Nearly six years ago, my husband and I adopted two preschoolers from Russia

October 30, 2012 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Novel Inc, News from the Novel Incubator: Goodbye, Hello

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By Lisa Borders

"With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. It is not only that his characters have developed – he has developed with them." – Graham Greene

Last Tuesday night, Michelle Hoover and I led our final Novel Incubator class of the 2011-2012 pilot year. Two nights later, our fearless ten student “Incubees” read excerpts from their novels to a packed house at Grub Street

May 10, 2012 | Lisa Borders

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From The Intern’s Desk: Taking a Leap of Faith

By Gabby Tassone (Development Intern) 


Last week, I found myself staring at a blank page and a clock that was steadily ticking toward my deadline. Pandora Radio was playing in the background as I jumped between the open Facebook and Twitter tabs, and my word document with its cursor blinking (but unmoving)

October 31, 2011 | Info

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