You may have first encountered Janet Burroway in a college writing class, studying her text Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. But Janet's expertise doesn't stop at fiction—she is the author of plays, poetry, essays, children’s books, and eight gorgeous novels. A woman of letters, she has cast her literary net wide. So naturally, we were thrilled when Janet agreed to chat with us about craft, writing habits, and her new memoir.
All participants in Minnesota Poetry Out Loud this year ushered us into National Poetry Month with a renewed love of the craft and a thirst to hear more poetry aloud. That is why the Loft, in partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), has invited local poets and select metro area Poetry Out Loud participants to come together for an event on April 16 celebrating National Poetry Month and a great season of poetry recitation competition in Minnesota.
In a career that has spanned many decades and as many different specialties, Carolyn Holbrook’s contributions to the literary vitality of the Twin Cities are too numerous to name. A lifelong advocate for the arts and, more importantly, equal access to art and artistic opportunities for all, Carolyn has been an arts administrator, teacher, and writer, often all at once.
I’m as big a fan as anyone else of The New Yorker, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Tin House, and the rest of the luminaries of the literary journal world—truly, I am—but there’s also a dear place in my heart for literary endeavors that take a step beyond aiming simply to publish strong contemporary writing. These three journals test the limits of what a literary journal is, and the editors demonstrate a refreshingly deep commitment to engaging with the work writers contribute.
What’s a huge time-waster for a freelancer? Massive rewrites or—even worse —a story killed because the editor thought it was irredeemable.
While you can never guarantee that your editor will love, love, love everything you write, there are steps you can take to armor-plate your copy and protect it from endless rewrites and rejection.
In the tradition of Joseph Campbell's “Heroic Monomyth," the Loft and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are extending a call to adventure May 8 in the form of “The Hero's Sacred Journey.” On this night, participants will leave the Ordinary World to embark on their own odyssey of imagination, celebrate the otherworldly possibilities of writing, and create a transformational narrative through an interactive writing activity.
The first nightmare I remember was of the Wolf. He stared from my bed, black bullet eyes beneath lace, tucked into my Holly Hobby quilt, ringed by stuffed animals. The fish tank burbled in the corner. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t scream. THEN—my eyes flew open. Home.
Here is today's roundup: Minnesota Book Award winners, thoughts on theme, 26 types of English majors, and the craziness of English.
Whether you write for fun or write for publication—you want to make sure you have the skills needed to improve your game. Knowing these four steps of writing will help power up your story, no matter your level of expertise.
Recently I was camping in Southern Utah along the Comb Ridge—old Anasazi land of sweeping slickrock and cut-out canyons, twisted juniper, sharp shadows. A terrain stripped of anything superfluous by centuries of wind and wash. More monumental than ornamental. Silent. Present. Still.