The novelist and teacher who didn’t turn his back on his past, but faced it head on to find a voice uniquely his own.
Establish theme early and stick with it.
As Miss Maudie says in Mockingbird, “People in their right mind never take pride in their talents.”
The short story writer looks slant at real life to create compelling fiction.
“I grew to love the challenges and rewards of the short story – the way you have to be precise and condensed and make every word count.”
Novelist David C. Taylor talks about the memories and methods that shaped his first book-length crime story.
Novelist Hannah Pittard reads her work aloud to establish a graceful rhythm and evocative mood.
“My job is to jump through that empathic window and report on the human condition. Period.”
How can you make walk-on characters pop off the page?
Make sure your story gets two paws up.