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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

Books & Reading

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

Craft Advice

Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 10/13/14

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Every other week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, Grub's Head Instructor Chip Cheek recommends his favorite novel. 

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson is possibly my single favorite novel; I read it for the language—beautiful, lyric—and her extended metaphors and images; it’s about two orphaned sisters raised by an eccentric aunt near a glacial lake. Gilead is also wonderful, won the Pulitzer a few years ago. (There’s a follow-up to that book, Home, which is less good, but still good.) And she’s a phenomenal ...

Chip Cheek

Craft Advice