Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Fall Writing Class Opportunities

The kids are back in school. Weather is turning chilly. Soon the inevitable gray lid will settle in. No better time to get back to the business of writing. At a recent Seattle Arts and Lecture event (Ann Pachett talking about where her stories come from and why she writes them), an aspiring writer asked […]

Goodbye To All That? A New Look At The Old Flaneur

“I’m drawn to characters who …watch and scrutinize and meander and collect and document their surroundings,” notes Joanna Luloff, writing for the Missouri Review’s new Genre Convention blog. What she admits she’s referring to is the “recognizable, even romantic, observer/wanderer” known in literature as the “flaneur.” What is a flaneur? And why should we care? […]

Scene Checklist

A scene in a story or novel has a lot of work to do. If you think of a story as a series of scenes, then it stands to reason that treating your scenes to a thorough tune-up might be the best way to… Source: Scene Checklist

Scene Checklist

A scene in a story or novel has a lot of work to do. If you think of a story as a series of scenes, then it stands to reason that treating your scenes to a thorough tune-up might be the best way to revise a story. Below is a scene checklist, put together by […]