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The Men in This Collection Are Far From Perfect

Melanie Bishop | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Eliot Treichel knows the interior landscape of a certain American male. With this debut collection, he earns a place next to writers like Rick Bass, Mark Richard, Brady Udall and Sherman Alexie.

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

I felt intensely grateful that I'd had a writing mentor in college who had modeled dedicated, patient, relaxed, non-bullying work with students. Not changing what your students write but doing your best to bring it into fuller bloom. That's not easy.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Betty Crocker, Carmela Soprano, and the Likeability Factor in Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 09.04.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My job here was done. Making characters as nuanced on the page as we are in real life is one of my priorities. Plus, readers bring their own experiences to fictional characters, to our stories, and to however authors' belief systems color our work.

Styling Characters From Your Imagination

Ada Polla | Posted 09.03.2014 | Style
Ada Polla

What fascinates me most about both of her books is the fashion and style that comes through, mostly because she is so good at describing her characters' wardrobes.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

4 Extraordinary Literary Women Who Redefined Feminine Perfection

Sunny Rosen | Posted 08.14.2014 | Books
Sunny Rosen

Like many young women, I struggle with the constant desire to be "perfect," mentally and physically. It can be so hard to follow advice to find joy in the here and now and so easy to instead be weighed down by imperfection. Reading, though, is an escape from the pressures of reality, an immersion somewhere else that allows great happiness in the moment.

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

Matt Potter Talks Pure Slush

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps a part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, and he is, rather amazingly, also the founding editor of Pure Slush.

Royalties, New Novel by Andy Marx

Kate Kelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Kate Kelly

The era and subjects covered begin in the early 20th century. Marx's story tracks the progress of three main characters -- a comic vaudevillian, a popular music composer, and a woman who gets her start in the music publishing business as a "song plugger."

How Religion Affects Children's Judgment of What Is Real and What Is Pretend

Kathleen Corriveau | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Kathleen Corriveau

How does exposure to religion influence young children's learning? We asked this question in a study published this month in the journal Cognitive Science.

Why I Gave John the Baptist a Wife

K. Ford K. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave.

Michael J. Seidlinger Shares His Coping Mechanisms

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels including The Fun We've Had, The Laughter of Strangers, My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting.

The Perfect Stranger: A Talk With Wendy Corsi Staub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

With the release of her 21st thriller, The Perfect Stranger, NY Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels in various genres.

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.

The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.

Q&A With Elizabeth McCracken About Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck & Other Stories is a national treasure. The stories in Thunderstruck brim over with both magic, and the despair that follows devastating loss.

The Adjunct's Progress: Cyrus Duffelman, 10 Years Later

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Joseph A. Domino

Adjunct professors rarely if ever show up in fiction, but Alex Kudera of Clemson University traced a day in the life of Cyrus Duffleman, representative of the academic underclass majority that fills most faculty slots.

The First Time Our Favorite Magical Creatures Appeared in Fantasy Novels and Legends

Meira Bienstock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

The language and characters intertwined with the fantasy world we have imagined has come as second nature for those of us who read stories of magic. Listed below are the magical creatures and the first time they made an appearance in literature.

The Diary

Tom Garrett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Tom Garrett

I ran into Wendy at the Humane Society Pet Adoption event today. It wasn't a coincidence. Sometimes when I know where she's going to be, I find a wa...