A Little Life is a lot of book

Hanya Yanagihara's superb novel is more than 700 pages--that's 32 hours and 51 minutes on audiobook. I listened to it in the car and, unusual for me, put in earphones to continue out of it. Often I sat in the driveway and in parking lots, transfixed by the story, not wanting to break away. A … Continue reading A Little Life is a lot of book

A short story education: The Gotham Fiction Gallery

Every short story contest offers a pithy description of what constitutes a winning story. The complete story world, characters that intrigue, sensuous prose, original approach, and on and on. Hoorah. I'm in. Yet so often I read work in the Paris Review, New Yorker, The Atlantic and various literaary quarterlies and think, I wouldn't want … Continue reading A short story education: The Gotham Fiction Gallery

Craft in a bottle: The Portable MFA in Creative Writing

I came across the Gotham Writers Workshop website http://www.writingclasses.com a couple of weeks ago and ordered some of their books. The two I've started on so far are worth getting excited about. Strange but true, The Portable MFA is both great bedtime reading and desktop handbook. It's got me checking my work for structure, making lists of … Continue reading Craft in a bottle: The Portable MFA in Creative Writing