How to Write #TwitterFiction

March 14, 2014 • No Comments 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

Writing Advice: On Brevity

1 Comment March 13, 2014 • 1 Comment 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

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

2 Comments February 20, 2014 • 2 Comments 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

Writing Advice from Author Drew Perry

No Comments February 6, 2014 • No Comments 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…


January 23, 2014

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

Writing Advice from Robert Morgan

1 Comment January 8, 2014 • 1 Comment 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…


December 4, 2013

Writing Advice from Louis Rubin

1 Comment December 4, 2013 • 1 Comment 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…


November 17, 2013

Lee Smith: A Dimestore Education for a Writer

1 Comment November 17, 2013 • 1 Comment 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

On the House

No Comments November 16, 2013 • No Comments 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…