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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.

Short Stories on New York's Long History

Greg Jacobs | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Greg Jacobs

New York is constantly documented throughout film, television, literature, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The glitz and glamour that have become pseudonymous with this city are contrasted by dark and tragic tales of the city that once was.

The 10 Best Short Stories You've Never Read

Arna Bontemps Hemenway | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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.

The Caine Prize and the Rise of the African Short Story

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

The Caine Prize creates a vital exposure for readers not only to a generation of African writers on the rise but also to a literary form that possesses a powerful artisan quality.

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...

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

Maddie Crum

Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

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...

Based on Books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Gets It Right for Preschoolers

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Looking for something special for your preschooler younger brother or sister? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on t...

Bruised Silence

Pamela McMahon-Miller | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Pamela McMahon-Miller

Derwood Trexler drove his SUV along the busy two-lane road, occasionally glancing into his rear view mirror at the trail of cars behind him. The pain...

Biscotti

Ira Greenfest | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Ira Greenfest

"Writing is discovery. You don't know what you're going to feel until you feel it," said Mr. Teicher, her slightly potbellied English teacher. He was ...

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

A Review: 'One Teen Story'

Amy Yoelin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Often in our English classes we hear about literary magazines, but have you actually read any? Well, if you haven't, you're in luck! Now more than ever, there are literary magazines geared towards the young adult genre. (Insert happy dance.)

Follow Your Fantasy: Reshaping Erotica in a Post-Fifty Shades World

Jennifer Walker | Posted 05.27.2014 | Books
Jennifer Walker

In a post-Fifty Shades world, erotica has metaphorically climaxed as a genre all over the publishing industry, but with publishers on the look out for...

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2014

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The book must be one neither of you have read. If you need a recommendation, browse your nearest physical bookstore, perhaps simultaneously, if you live far from each other, so that you can choose together.

Literature, Longevity and Mavis Gallant

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Fran Moreland Johns

Mavis Gallant died recently at the entirely respectable age of 91. On top of the lack of maternal love and affection, Gallant endured other unimaginable emotional assaults and upheavals, realities that underlie her fiction.

Belonging to Wyoming, Belonging to the World: An Interview With Author Nina McConigley

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 04.25.2014 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I love outsider stories, especially outsider-in-America stories -- the stories of characters that show up in places central casting would never expect them to be. Same for the stories of characters that have every right to be someplace.

My First Panic Attack

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Fader

Not only was I going to die someday, but I was very small in comparison to the rest of the world, which was rather large. I couldn't get over how small I felt. I was an ant and the universe was expansive and I was drowning in the hugeness of it all.

When Characters Relocate in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.

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...

This Holiday, Share Your Gay Gifts With the World

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

In those pre-internet days, I would scour every book and newspaper in hopes of finding the slightest reference that someone else might be gay like me.

13 Adventurous Hiking Tales

Maptia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Maptia

From the inaugural Storytelling Theme on Maptia, we bring you the inspiring tales of thirteen mountainous adventures from all over the world. You can see them laid out on the map below.

When Authors Create Title Characters of the Opposite Sex

Dave Astor | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Do women write the best novels starring women? Do men write the best novels starring men? In many cases, yes. But while there's a lot to be said for "living the gender," there are also some great literary works featuring title characters who are the opposite sex of the author.

How to Write a Monster Story

Michael Noll | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
Michael Noll

Everyone loves a good horror story. Try to write one, though, and you will quickly discover that it's not enough simply to create a monster. You must also create a reason for the monster to exist. The monster is often a manifestation of a character's inner monstrosity.