Fantasy heroes always hog the spotlight! But what about the bad guys? It isn’t a stretch to say that villains are often fantasy’s most memorable and, strangely, most beloved characters. In the course of my time as a fantasy fan, I’ve discerned a few archetypes when it comes to fantasy villains.
My name is Cole Sarar, and I am the winner of a 2013 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant. I’m here to sell you on the idea of thoughtful collaboration.
The Loft is excited to announce that the submission period for the 2014–2015 Mentor Series is officially open. Now in its 35th anniversary, the program continues to celebrate the evolution of emerging talents in the company of nationally acclaimed writers of poetry and prose.
Imagine you’re a potter about to sit at the wheel of your studio and spin a mound of clay into a vessel. First, though, you must take a hunk of clay from one of the plastic bags lining the studio’s shelves, and kneed it into a softer lump. Your hands are dirty. The air of the studio is humid and smells of baked earth.
In love with the idea of an Amtrak residency? Join the club. With incredible intrest following Amtrak's announcement to offer free roundtrip rides to writers, you may want to consider these five other unique writing residencies while you wait for your turn on the trains.
When writing about place, there is often the challenge of conveying the felt vibrancy of experience. How do you transmit the largeness of the world, the layers of landscape, history, and peoples that shape a place? What is the tone and form that best convey your encounter with the great world? And what if your experience with place feels mundane—the commute to work, gray city streets, flowers and birds whose names you don’t know but adore just the same?
Here is today's roundup: stopping comment abuse, finding your personal art of revision, how a story looks, and lit theory explained in 10 minutes.
Only in very recent times have music and storytelling been presented as separate things. You are either a musician or a writer, or a writer who also pens stories, or a storyteller who dabbles with instruments. In actuality, stories and music share the same essence. In Ancient Greece, the great tale-spinners were epic poets like Homer, who relayed the history of Greece to its people.
Not so very long ago, I made my living sitting alone in a small room and talking into a big machine. As a radio announcer narrating works of literature, I had to imagine that anyone at all was listening to me. After years of this invisible interaction, I ventured outside the little room and read aloud to actual people gathered in bookstores and libraries. To calm my nerves I could fall back on training, but the audience in front of me was no longer a figment of my imagination.
Regardless of form, the best endings are those that leave readers with a revelation, resonating image, or new understanding. They are the conclusions that are startling in their truth, staggering in their beauty, and powerful enough to bring us to our knees. They are the endings that leave us, somehow, changed.