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Readings for Writers: Pick of the Week 11/24/14

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Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Jenn Scheck-Kahn recommends one of her favorite short stories. 

It’s embarrassing how many times in my teaching life I’ve hauled out “Samuel,” by Grace Paley for students to discuss. Part of what makes it a tantalizing text is its size – roughly 1,100 plainspoken words – that, in classic Paley style, draws its reader in with ordinary daily doings – a subway ride in NY – and then crushes your heart with a ...

Jenn Scheck-Kahn

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Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 11/14/14

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Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Mark Fogarty recommends his favorite screenwriting book. 

Story by Robert McKee is a book I read over and over again the way some people read the bible, as if with each new read, I will gain a deeper insight. It is a dense, confusing and all-encompassing discussion on storytelling. It is not like most screenwriting books which focus on reducing story to a simple formula, it deals in big and difficult questions about writing.

McKee is famous for running ...

Mark Fogarty

Books & Reading

Readings For Writers: Halloween Edition

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Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week is Halloween, so instructor KL Pereira recommends her favorite scary novel.

It's always hard when you're asked to choose just one, simply your favorite. For those of us who revel in words, language, image, line, how can we truly choose one book over all others? 

KL Pereira

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Readings For Writers: Pick(s) of the Week 9/12/14

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Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Sophie Powell recommends two of her favorite novels. 

You Remind Me Of Me by Dan Chaon is one of the novels I often mention to students – one of those beautiful and deeply moving works that stays with you for years and years. It is also particularly noteworthy from a craft perspective. Its structure is unusually complicated, using multiple points of view and fractured chronology. Yet Chaon manages to pull it off. The structure might be ...

Sophie Powell

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Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 8/29/14

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Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Kate Racculia recommends a favorite craft book. 

Kate Racculia

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