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Short Story Writing

Story Writing From Start To Finish

| Posted 05.28.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: It’s every driver’s road trip nightmare. (We know, this is supposed to be about writing. Stay with us.) You’re tryi...

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Short Stories

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: We’ve all been there: You begin to revise your short story, but the more you rewrite, the more unenthused you feel. Yo...

5 Secrets To Writing A Successful Short Story

| Posted 09.18.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But the secret to successfully getting a short story published is to add...

Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Essential Elements Of A Good Short Story

Posted 04.06.2012 | Books

Aspiring authors are sometimes willing to shell out thousands for writing workshops and MFA programs, but according to Kurt Vonnegut, the late politic...

Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.

The Story vs. The Novel: What Makes The Short Story Distinctive?

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.14.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This is the latest in our series on the short story--its unique aesthetic, how it's different from the writing of a novel, who are some of the form's major practitioners, and what it takes to craft a successful short story.

Love of Story, Then & Now

Jay Neugeboren | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books
Jay Neugeboren

Just as some artists excel and/or are more at home in one form of visual art than another, so too with writers: some notions simply arrive as stories, and some as novels.

Exclusive Interview

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.

Short Stories Still Thriving; Author Deborah Eisenberg Uses Genius Grant To Further Successful Career

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Author Deborah Eisenberg is in the dining area of her apartment, peeling an orange. She removes a small piece, places it on her plate...