Tag Archives: writing

  1. Craft tips from novelist Diana Wagman

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    07/23/2015 by Stephen Silke

    This summer, I attended Squaw Valley Community of Writers near California’s Lake Tahoe. Novelist and screenwriter Diana Wagman author of …
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  2. The Encyclopedic Novel: That Really Long Book You Talk About Knowingly, but Have Never Finished Reading

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    07/17/2014 by Stephen Silke

    dogs and big books are fun and hard to hold (up)

    It seems that certain writers get to a point in their careers where they can’t stop writing–and from what I …
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  3. The Brevity Cycle: David Foster Wallace, Sufjan Stevens, & Mortality

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    09/07/2013 by Stephen Silke

    It’s 5:42am–too early on a Saturday morning–and I’m at the near-the-university Starbucks. “Year of Our Lord” by Sufjan Stevens is …
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  4. The Process of Shaping: A Few Tobias Wolff Short Stories

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    05/08/2013 by Stephen Silke

    On 30 April and 1 May of 2013, short story writer and memoirist Tobias Wolff was a featured writer at …
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  5. Writing Exercise: Building a Story Prop

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    03/12/2013 by Stephen Silke

    I recently read Charles Baudelaire’s short book¬†Paris Spleen (see related post), and the story “A Poor Child’s Toy” really stuck …
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  6. Quotations From a Lecture by Ryan Griffith

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    03/01/2013 by Stephen Silke

    On February 6th, 2013, storyteller Ryan Griffith lectured on writing at Grossmont College. Here are some quotes from my notes: …
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  7. Among Everything Else, Ten Things Creative Writers Must Learn

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    02/20/2013 by Stephen Silke

    Hand Drawn Mind Map (c) Stephen Silke, 2013

    They’re, there, their, it’s, its, lie, lay down, your, you’re, anon, ibid, sic. Dashes are for artists–semicolons are for accountants …
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