Screw-job of the Magi

Dec 23rd, 2010

Screw-job of the Magi

A Christmas story from long before the book. Never before seen!

Five Great Story Collections

May 26th, 2010

Five Great Story Collections

TweetShareToday, on the Slate podcast called Culture Gabfest, Slate’s film critic Dana Stevens endorsed The Book of Right and Wrong.  (That’s their term for it, by the way, endorsing.  Which made me feel fancy!)  It was exciting to hear, and you can hear it for yourself at  (Listen to the whole thing, as it’s […]

Feb 21st, 2010

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

TweetShareThis has been passed around a bit already, but I’m going to post it here in case you haven’t seen it yet: Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction These are pretty hard to argue with.  The article also features several other writers’ lists — most of which aren’t as good as Leonard’s, but there’s […]

Nov 13th, 2009


TweetShare I had a lot of questions last week in workshop about the submissions process.  It’s tough to talk about submissions in the last five minutes of a class, so I put together a little primer and emailed it to everyone. Now I’m reprinting it here.  I’m not the world’s authority on literary submissions; I’m […]