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AWP 2018: What I Brought Home was the Swag

04 May 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

I don’t mean to sound shallow. There was much that thrilled me at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 conference in Tampa beyond the buttons, pens, and...

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AWP 2018: Among My Own – For a Few Days, Anyway

27 April 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

The flight left Boston on the billowing forefront of a Nor'easter that would shut down the Eastern Seaboard the following week. We touched down in Tampa’s breezy 65 degrees. It...

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AWP 2018: Consider the coffee

30 March 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

Every year, just in time for the zombie-like resurgence of winter in New England to bury all transportation in snow, twelve thousand writers spill into a cavernous convention center to...

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Magnetic Irony

23 February 2018 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Future generations may define our period style by its pervasive sincerity. Irony is what's missing from much contemporary poetry. For example, the popular political poems are earnest, if angry, and...

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What do we look for in fiction submissions?

09 February 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

Barnstorm’s fiction readers have varied reading tastes and interests, but they share a common passion for stories. Recently, they weighed in on what they look for as they read fiction...

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The Landscape of Memory, or, My Characters Keep Getting Lost in The Desert

01 December 2017 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

“[E]very pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found.” -Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge I close my eyes...

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12 Ways to Write Unique Description

17 November 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

We’ve all heard the adages. “Kill the cliché.” “Make it new.” “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” But how does one do this? There are several...

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Forest, Meet Trees

27 October 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

As a writer, I feel like I am constantly working on multiple levels. I am deeply involved on a language level, working to create music, working to string together words...

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AWP 2017: Embrace Your Caffeine Addiction

21 April 2017 on Storystorm

“If you go to just one amazing panel, the whole thing is worth it,” said one AWP veteran. “Don’t spend money at the book fair until the last day,” said...

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AWP 2017: A Different Kind of Sanctuary

19 April 2017 on Storystorm

Networking, market research, readings, free swag, panel discussions, scotch breaks, maybe cats… My mind strayed as I filled up the balloons for the Barnstorm table—likely it was the lack of...

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AWP 2017: Finding My Place in the Confusion

17 April 2017 on Storystorm

Walking into the convention center on my first full day at AWP, I immediately felt my body tense. I was there to meet editors, buy books, and attend as many...

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Writing Farsickness

24 March 2017 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

“Fernweh is a longing to be away from home, a desire to be in a faraway place,” writes Teju Cole in the essay “Far Away from Here.” As a writer-in-residence...

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