Featured offerings: Rebecca Makkai visits the Loft June 25 to talk about The Great Believers.

A BAD CHARACTER and Tense and Pronouns

Posted on Thu, Jun 21 2018 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

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Instead of a strictly sequential chronology, this book uses another common technique to convey relative depth to the past: space breaks and fragmentation. Each break lets us know we're moving to a different time period, even if we don't immediately know when that time period is. Then, each segment can be tagged with a time marker, so that even though it's stated in the present tense, we know when it occurs in the past.

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Creative Process

Posted on Tue, Jun 19 2018 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

Image text: Publish.Me Publishing & Career Tips with Dawn Frederick


The creative process generally feels like a rollercoaster. There are moments of intensity, from the highs to the lows, partnered with a wide range of emotions from fear and anxiety to a sense of calm, to excitement. This is a journey that shouldn’t be taken lightly, of which only many years of practice will prepare a person for the mental game of publishing—for both the author and publishing professionals.

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Online Tools Each Writer Should Use in 2018

Posted on Fri, Jun 15 2018 9:00 am by Stacey Wonder

image: hands typing on a computer with sheets of paper, some crumpled, on the side


Writing tools come in many forms. Some are apps for handheld devices, others are extensions for an Internet browser, while others are website or independent tools for a computer. With such a wide range of tools to choose from, you can customize your own ensemble of tools that benefit you based on your work process. Establishing these online tools into your routine can help you improve your content and reach even more readers and consumers.

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publish.me: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: When Is It Time To Find A New Agent?

Posted on Thu, May 24 2018 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

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Still there may be times when it becomes abundantly clear that you’ve grown apart as an author-agent team. Your initial reaction may be to walk away; it’s a natural reaction in a very emotional and creative realm. But it’s also important to step back, look at the bigger picture, and think about these three things.

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Remembering Cheri Register: Teacher and Friend

Posted on Wed, May 23 2018 9:31 am by Liz Olds

The Loft remembers longtime teaching artist Cheri Register with a tribute from her student and friend, Liz Olds. Cheri passed away on March 7 of this year.

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SOUR HEART and Depth in Flatness

Posted on Wed, May 16 2018 1:26 pm by Allison Wyss

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By using a whole paragraph for so few details, but with such emphasis on the few, she's basically saying she is beautiful and that is all; she's telling us she's flat. But is she?

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publish.me: The Best Writers Are Avid Readers

Posted on Fri, Apr 27 2018 9:48 am by Dawn Frederick

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For anyone who takes their writing seriously, it’s essential that one reads just as much as they write. Ignoring other books will not be to any author’s advantage. A solid reading habit reflects a willingness to learn and study other published writers. This is a chance to see how these stories are told—what worked and what didn’t—and hopefully find some inspiration between the pages.

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Lit Chat: Meet Michael Kleber-Diggs

Posted on Wed, Apr 25 2018 10:00 am by Sun Yung Shin

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I love sending ideas out into the world unaware of who they’ll reach or how. I’m fascinated by awareness of how unaware we are of how we impact other people. Writing allows knowledge of that lack of awareness.

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Making Room for Messier Stories: A Conversation with Leslie Jamison

Posted on Mon, Apr 23 2018 10:00 am by Ryan Berg

Book Covers: The Recovering, The Empathy Exams, The Gin Closet


I believe every life has stories in it that are worth telling. It's just about finding those stories, excavating them from the material of lived experience, and illuminating and interrogating those stories. So to tell your story—it doesn't necessarily involve an assertion that your story is extraordinary, or your story is the only thing you care about—it's just a set of materials, close at hand, that you are examining in order to offer some truths to your readers. That can be viewed as an act of offering, not an assertion of ego. 

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Reading Like a Writer: SONG FOR NIGHT and Telepathy

Posted on Fri, Apr 13 2018 8:34 am by Allison Wyss

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Yet the passage also toys with cause and effect by mixing what is concrete with what is less so. Upon a first reading, I'm not sure if there is actual oil on the roof, heated by the sun and pouring down on him, or if the sun merely feels like hot oil as it blazes through the holes. And, unsure of the physicality of the oil, I don't know if the burning flesh might be his own or if it's someone else's that he's smelling with the earth. Because I can interpret these images as either physical or not quite so, both versions become true in my head. The oil is both physical and metaphorical, the flesh is both his and someone else's.

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