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What Breaking Bad Teaches Us About Writing Novels

by Katrin Schumann

It was a snow day yesterday and I binge watched the last half of the final season of Breaking Bad. I know, I know. I'm way late to the game. 

It's been a long time since episodic TV has been so inspiring to me as a storyteller. This show pulled me in and kept me trapped in its vortex for weeks. I was simulatenously glad when I reached the finale (now I get my life back) and devastated (no more Breaking Bad!).

March 5, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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MuseWorthy: Jane Friedman

How can artists survive and thrive? It's a question we think about a lot, too! Jane Friedman discussed this issue (and so much more) in her fabulous Muse 2014 keynote. Every few weeks we'll feature fabulous moments from Muses past to show you just what you have to look forward to. So sit back, watch Jane's keynote with us, and get excited about the conversations you'll have at The Muse and the Marketplace 2015

March 4, 2015 | Grub Daily

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Multimedia Poetry Course at GrubStreet

During the fall term I had the opportunity to teach Multimedia Poetry, the first multi-week course of its kind to be offered at GrubStreet. In this six-week class we explored and experimented with multimedia poetry—poetry combined with video, still images, audio, typography, animation, movement, live performance, and other content forms. Each week we viewed and discussed example works—many from Moving Poems, as well as other sources—paying close attention to author-made multimedia projects (as opposed to collaborations). We then brainstormed and began drafting or adapting our own poems for the week’s project assignment. Students were encouraged to ...

March 3, 2015 | Holly Thompson

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Lit Link Loves: Our Internet Faves 3/2/15

Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh some more. You may ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

From the Los Angeles Review of Books:

Walk Boston With David Foster Wallace

March 2, 2015 | Grub Daily


What Is Story? A Journey of Understanding, Part 2

Like any evolving human, my perspective changes with time on some of the questions that preoccupy me. One of those that’s been changing (again) recently is my engagement with the question, “what is story?”

It’s been a long time since I fully subscribed to the Fichtean curve, or to a purely plot-based Aristotelian vision of conflict-complication-climax as the only (or even primary) definition of story

February 27, 2015 | Ron MacLean

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