The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview with Julia Cooke

27 November 2021 on Blog, Nonfiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Julia Cooke is the author of two books: Come Fly the World: The Jet Age Story of the Women of Pan Am (2021), and The Other Side of Paradise: Life...

The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview with Lily King

20 November 2021 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing novelist Lily King, who was visiting the University of New Hampshire as part of the English Department’s long-standing Writer’s Series. She was incredibly...

The Writer's Hot Seat

An Interview with poet Candice Reffe

25 October 2021 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Candice Reffe's poems have been published in Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, Poetry Daily, Riddle Fence, Verse Daily, and Witness, among other publications. Candice spent many years in New York City...


Jumpstarting Creativity

06 October 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

by Heidi Turner We’ve all been there—a blank document (or sheet of paper, if you’re into that), an open stretch of time that is filled to the brim with creative...


From the team: What we look for in a nonfiction piece

24 September 2021 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

When you submit nonfiction writing to Barnstorm, a diligent team of real-life experts reviews your work—first alone, hunched over their laptops, then together, huddled around pizza and/or beer. These are...


First Lines and Last Words

21 April 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

First impressions matter when it comes to the way that a reader—or for that matter, an editor— enters a poem. If I am reading for pleasure, I decide whether to...


Writing Objects and Images in Fiction

07 April 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

Writing objects and images through the eyes and mind of a character can revolutionize a piece of fiction, opening up an emotional depth and connection to characters for the reader,...


I Went to AWP and All I Got Was Some Great Advice

24 March 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

AWP, or Association of Writers and Writing Programs, is the hottest conference for writer nerds like me. In a non-pandemic world, this annual conference would be hosted in a sexy...


How Microfiction Could Transform Social Media

10 March 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll be level with you from the get-go: social media and I don’t get along. Beyond the avatars we create or the companies behind our screens collecting and brokering our...


Fiction Writers—Go Make Some Short Things!

24 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

When I find the idea of writing long pieces really daunting—and I don’t mean novels, or even novellas; I mean short stories, totaling fifteen pages or so—I like to transition...


Ritualizing Rejections

10 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

During the full moon in Leo, on the 28th of January, I wrote down the name of every literary magazine that rejected me on tiny pieces of paper. I then...


Poetry While Driving

03 December 2020 on Storystorm

What are you listening to while you drive? There are long drives ahead of many of us this holiday season as we retreat to our quarantine dens and visit the...

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