By Katrin Schumann
Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.
GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Kenan Orhan, a recent graduate of the Short Story Incubator. Kenan is a Turkish-American writer. His stories appear or are forthcoming in The Common, Massachusetts Review, McNeese Review, and others.
In advance of our inaugural Short Story Incubator program, instructor Ron MacLean explains what fiction writers can get out of six-months intensive study, describes his ideal Incubator student, and lays out the program's "ruthless and joyous focus on taking stories from workshop good to publishable."
Why am I drawn to scary stories? Because they're hard to write well, and challenge is always attractive to me. But also because fear is primal. Fear is part of who we are (or at least part of who I am), and I'm interested, more and more, in how people respond to what terrifies them. Psychological terror intrigues me most. I'm less interested in blood on the page than I am in perceived danger that might or might not be true
(Part 3 in an erratic series)
Structure is something many writers, especially short story writers, aren’t conscious of. If we are, most likely it’s in the form of the story curve – the classical approach to defining narrative structure – that’s been burned into our consciousness
For decades, the Fichtean curve almost exclusively defined the short story