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Writing by Hand with Michael Parker

March 27, 2014 • No Comments

Writing is a physical act. And for author Michael Parker, it is an act done by hand. Pen and paper.
Michael’s latest novel is All I Have in This World, which he wrote, of course,…


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How to Write #TwitterFiction

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Gabrielle Zevin  is one of the featured authors in the Twitter Fiction Festival, going on now through Sunday, March 16. Well, actually, Daniel Parish is a featured author. He’s fictional, but he’s featured. Parish is…


March 13, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice: On Brevity

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The Twitter Fiction Festival, which started yesterday and goes through March 16, includes Algonquin authors Bill Roorbach, Sara Farizan and Gabrielle Zevin. Each author is creating an original work of fiction, meted out in 140-character…


February 20, 2014 onthehouse

The Quotable Algonkian, Part I: Having Doubt, Having Faith

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Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned advice for writers. The Internet being the time-suck that it is, we gallantly got sucked in on your behalf, rounding up some…


February 6, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice from Author Drew Perry

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In Drew Perry’s new novel, Kids These Days…, an expectant father is paralyzed by the idea of taking responsibility for another human life when he can’t seem to manage his own. While Perry, the


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A Good Title Is Hard to Find

5 Comments January 23, 2014 • 5 Comments


Lest one think being a published author is all bubbles and brownies, consider all the work author Drew Perry  put into nailing down the perfect title for his just-published novel. Kids These Days takes…


January 8, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice from Robert Morgan

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What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve gotten?
The novelist Alison Lurie said that when writing a novel I would have to find a “passive gear” and let my characters take over the story


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Writing Advice from Louis Rubin

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It’s only fitting that one of our first “On the House” posts should feature the words of co-founder Louis Rubin, whom we lost recently but whose ethos we try hard to keep alive. Rubin’s astute…


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Lee Smith: A Dimestore Education for a Writer

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Lee Smith’s writing has been published for 45 years, starting with what was her college thesis (The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed) and running through to the just-released Guests on Earth, but her education as…


November 16, 2013 onthehouse

On the House

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Writers are, first and foremost, readers. Their every sentence bears the mark of the cherished authors who have influenced them. And because many of our readers are also writers, we’ve created “On the House” to…