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On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day on...

I'm Wearing My Husband's Deodorant Today

Kristin D. Murray | Posted 12.23.2015 | Comedy
Kristin D. Murray

I'm wearing my husband's deodorant today, hoping for an infusion of masculine energy so I can convincingly take up two seats on the bus this morning. Twenty minutes into my experiment, I head out the door, my smile already about 30 percent more rakish.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

The Birthday

Melissa Reed | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Melissa Reed

THE BIRTHDAY by Melissa Franco Reed These days I come to New York City as infrequently as possible. When I lived here many years ago the sight of Ma...

Read 12 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry -...

Tales From The Toofaan Express

Ishrat Husain | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Ishrat Husain

It is nearing dusk. The woman across the street wearing a burka looks like Nazneen. Hoping to catch a glimpse of her face, I run toward her. Startled,...

'Cloud Atlas' Author Releases New Short Story Entirely On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell has released an original short story entirely on Twitter in order to promote his new book, The Bone Clocks. Mitc...

The 10 Best Short Stories You've Never Read

Arna Bontemps Hemenway | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Arna Bontemps Hemenway

One thing that's great about short stories is how quickly they can ruin your life. This happens whether you like it or not. Great stories practice this violent beauty on you in a variety of ways.

Maddie Crum

Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new. H.P. Lovecraft ...

The Cleansing

Glenn Diamond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Glenn Diamond

The wretched practice of telephone sales is rarely selected by choice, but endured as a consequence of misfortune, desperation, or poor life skills. ...

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 Do We Define Our Times? We Are All Gen F

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

My scribbled notes read, "We are now one, whether you like it or not. We are all Generation F." I needed to find an angle or a summary. How do we defi...

Over the Pond We Go: Fiction Writer Paul McVeigh Talks Plotting

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Paul McVeigh has written plays that have toured the UK and Ireland as well as comedy for stand-ups, including shows in London's West End and the Edinb...

A Knight On The Town

Mark Budman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Fifty
Mark Budman

It's a midsummer night, a party at a friend's backyard. You stand under a newly-erected tent, clutching a paper cup filled with diet cranberry juice. ...

In The Word

Willett Thomas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Willett Thomas

It had been two weeks since the child was delivered to my doorstop. Two months since I stood on my stoop and watched the woman with her little foster ...

Rattlesnakes & The Moon

Darlin’ Neal | Posted 02.03.2014 | Fifty
Darlin’ Neal

The full moon shines into the bedroom. Scotty gets up, careful not to wake his wife, Sophie, and goes into the kitchen to take the insulin he forgot e...

Mandarian Training School

Mary Maddox | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Mary Maddox

She has forgotten their names, but she remembers the nicknames Zitrina gave them. "Zitrina" was the nickname inflicted on Zitrina by herself. Her pa...

Baldessari Portrait of Curator Sparks Short Story

Bettina Korek | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Bettina Korek

I don't remember when I first met the great novelist Frederic Tuten, but I know I was with my friend, editor Karen Marta. And while Bookforum has call...

Taking Applications

Roxie Emerson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Roxie Emerson

Reality TV is basically surreal. So is the art of dating. Just how many "How To" and "How Not To" books are out there? The lines just blur. . . One...

The Gender Question

Harrison Demchick | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

Sometimes, authors become so focused on the idea of being convincing writing a character of the opposite gender, or a different race, or different cultural background, that they neglect to write a convincing character.

The Woman Of Many Containers

Chuck Nyren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Her arm was in the air. She studied it - first lengthwise, then side to side with patient rotations, then by kneading and pinching it. She reached f...

Shadowed Solitude

Donald Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donald Baker

Vince hid the look of disbelief as he stared at the twenty-something punk who had just asked him the ridiculous question. Worse, had done it with a s...


Eugenie de Rosier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Eugenie de Rosier

Susan Benedict was leaving the grocery store when she noticed a black man in a leather fedora waiting at the bus stop some distance off. A clerk pushe...


Kathlena Contreras | Posted 02.15.2014 | Fifty
Kathlena Contreras

"Mama?" A tapping sound. "Mama, open the door. Please?" Hesitation, listening, maybe, then three sharp knocks. "Mama, please come out, please!" Dee b...

Ol' One-With-Nature

Pieter Hudsen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Pieter Hudsen

Sometimes it is necessary to lie about the little things in order to tell a larger truth. Like the time I was attacked by a herd of bears. I was ...