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On Braiding Sweetgrass and Ways of Knowing

by Phyllis Barber While wandering through the many aisles at the AWP book fair in Minneapolis this past April, I saw a book title: Braiding Sweetgrass. A Milkweed edition. It … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Dorkleheart Finds Her People

by Susan Knudten When I was 20, I had a perm, wore neon off-the-shoulder T-shirts, drank Miller Genuine Draft, and listened to Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. And I … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 14 Comments

It’s the Story. Of course it’s the story.

Originally posted on whylitmatters:
I came across this video the other day and it’s stayed with me, for many reasons. Partly because of how it embraces the Freitag dramatic structure…

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Elements of Writing, redux

An episodic essay on writing, the elements, and the elements of writing her most recent novel by Laura Pritchett The elements: I like to imagine that it was the lightning … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Writing Suspense

By Cynthia Swanson Last week Benjamin Percy, author of the just-released thriller The Dead Lands, taught a workshop at Lighthouse on adding suspense to fiction and memoir. I bet you … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

Five by Five: A Flash Interview with Scribulator’s Guild Creator Joel Warner

by Laura I. Miller Back from its hiatus, Scribulator’s Guild: A Nonfiction Salon will take place at Lighthouse on Friday, April 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. I spoke briefly with … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Interview: Teresa Milbrodt on Her Latest Novel-in-Flash, LARISSA TAKES FLIGHT

by Laura I. Miller I knew I had come across something special when I first encountered Teresa Milbrodt’s short story “Bianca’s Body” several years ago. In this story, as with … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interview: Lindsey Drager on Genre Bending, Writing Habits, and the Joy of Flaws

By Kate Barrett (interview) and Laura I. Miller (intro) I met Lindsey Drager at one of Lighthouse’s quarterly Open Houses, and we fell into an easy conversation. While my pupils … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interview: Alexander Lumans Talks Hot Whiskey, Sublime Moments, and Believable Oddities

By Dan Manzanares Ask folks about Alexander Lumans and you’ll get an earful of enthusiastic praise. Not only do his students love his workshops, they love him. Lumans, as everyone calls him, is … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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