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Short Story Writing

Common sense advice on the craft of writing short stories.

Short Story Rules
To be successful, the short story must employ most of the same elements that a novel uses, but in substantially fewer pages. These guidelines will help you pull it off.

Choosing an MFA Program
An MFA program can provide a writer with time and space in which to write, but they can also be uncomfortable places. Some careful consideration can make a big difference in your experience.

Using Photographs to Generate Story Ideas
It's not always easy to come up with ideas for new work. This exercise shows you how to use photographs to get started. Perfect for groups or on your own.

Using Secrets to Get Story Ideas
An exercise for a pair or a group using a game of secrets to generate new ideas for short fiction.

The Truth in Fiction
How do you make fiction read like non-fiction in your short stories? How can you make your fiction believable? Advice for writers.

How to Give a Good Reading
Thoughts and tips on giving a good literary reading.

Mouths in a White Room
How to describe physical space in a piece of fiction

Tragedy and Disease in Fiction
How should death and disease be handled in fiction?

New Writing Prompts for Fiction Writers
New prompts for creative writers

Dos and Don'ts of Submitting to a Literary Magazine
How to submit to literary magazines

Interview with fiction writer Sara Lippmann
Interview with author Sara Lippmann on her upcoming book of short stories DOLL PALACE.

Flash Fiction: What makes a successful short-short?
Writing flash fiction: how to tell a short-short story

Experimental Fiction Magazines
Where should you submit your experimental fiction?

"Clearing Your Throat": thoughts on the act and emotion of editing
Thoughts on editing and the act of cutting your words to benefit your story.

How to be a parent and a writer
Where did the time go? How do you both write and parent?

Interview with fiction writer Amy Shearn
Amy Shearn, author of THE MERMAID OF BROOKLYN, talks about writing fiction.

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