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Does Taking a Break Mean You’re a Lazy Failure?

17 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

This past weekend, I was going to be super productive. I was going to revise an old story, draft the first few pages of a new one, write this blog...

Nonfiction

“Aubergine” by Cara Lynn Albert

11 October 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction

“His name is Eggplant,” said John as we examined his dying fish inside the large aquarium in the middle of his living room. This was before we started dry humping...

Storystorm

The Deadline Dilemma

10 October 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

I work best on a deadline. When I’m feeling charitable, I tell myself it’s the journalist in me. Years of working under pressure, all those late nights in the newsroom....

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Entering the World of Poetry: The Lines that Changed Me

02 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

In my poetry form and technique class we were discussing the lines that changed us, that made us into writers. This conversation stemmed from reading Light the Dark edited by Joe...

The Writer's Hot Seat

Cracking Open the MFA: Exploring Science Writing with Bethann Merkle

25 September 2019 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

"What are you going to do with your MFA?" We've all heard this question before. Most people with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing use their degree...

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Putting Pen to Page

19 September 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

Sometimes, the most difficult part of writing is simply getting yourself to write. It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed by “real life,” to tell yourself that you’ll start working...

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Out with a Bang

03 May 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Two of Barnstorm’s poetry readers are graduating from the MFA program this spring; before they head out, Milo and Morgan took the time to share their thoughts on the evolution...

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AWP 2019: I’ll Show You

26 April 2019 on Storystorm

At my first AWP conference, I attended a panel titled “Unrealism: The True Art of Fantastic Fiction,” and I listened reverently as Carmen Maria Machado discussed the origin of her...

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Being Around People Who Get It

19 April 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

En route to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, I ran into a writer at the airport who I knew from my past life as a newspaper reporter....

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AWP: I didn’t do everything

12 April 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Remember:this is just one seaon one beach on oneplanet in onesolar system in onegalaxy. After thatthe scale increases, sothis is not the last word,and nothing else is talking back.It’s a...

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Spooling Heart onto the Page

29 March 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

Maybe it’s ironic that the absence of a weakness I identify in my personal life is itself a weakness in my stories. What do I mean by that? I’ve long...

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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Maggie Thrash

22 March 2019 on Blog

Maggie Thrash is the author and graphic artist of the memoirs Honor Girl (Candlewick 2015), a nominee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizeand Lost Soul Be at Peace (Candlewick...

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