Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in Six Weeks Harmony Neal We'll go through the process of drafting and revising a short story with hands on exercises to help you practice elements of craft like piquing reader interest, specificity, setting, character, and plot. This class will teach you how to come up … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft this Winter
Class The Loft Presents If: Speculative Fiction: Making the Future Irresistible Harmony Neal We'll read speculative fiction stories from A People's Future of the United States, including authors A. Merc Rustad, Lizz Huerta, Charles Yu, and Tananarive Due. We'll draft similar stories of our own. The editors :asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft Starting Tuesday
Find the complete listing and sign up on The Loft's website. Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in 6 Weeks Date: 9/19/18 – 10/24/18 Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom Day of the Week: Wednesday Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm Ages: Adult Class Level: Open to All Levels Genre: Fiction Pricing: • Regular: $210.00 … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft this Fall: Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in 6 Weeks
I published this article on Medium today, but since they're capping at three articles a month, I'm posting it here too. Please share widely so we can put an end to White Supremacy and the pervasive "accidental racism" in our culture. It's no accident that most white people remain monumentally and inexcusably ignorant about racism … Continue reading Wired for Story Promotes White Supremacy: An Open Letter to Lisa Cron
So what if all the unspoken rules and expectations for women under patriarchy were instead codified into law? That's the world Johanna Sinisalo imagined in The Core of the Sun, and I was completely blown away by this novel. I felt like it described exactly the world I was born into and must navigate. I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
I have a love love love love love relationship with Paper Darts. I love the art and prose they publish and their awesome website and awesome print issues, and they love my prose (yes, each of those "loves" was a link to a different piece of mine). Volume 7 has one of my newest stories … Continue reading New Story in Paper Darts Volume 7. Pre-order now!
I'm teaching this half-day class at The Loft on October 28th for anyone interested in dark/weird/horror fiction. I personally engage in darkness to find the light, but the course takes a broad view of what horror is, what it's for, and how it can be done. More Information at The Loft website. Something Wicked This … Continue reading I’m Teaching at The Loft this Fall
Originally appeared in Grist Journal Issue 6 (2013). Top 25 Most Played You discovered this odd option on iTunes a few years back when you still lived in Illinois. iTunes had a preset playlist of your top 25 most played songs. You clicked and expected Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses, and The Pixies. You were … Continue reading Top 25 Most Played
This essay originally appeared in Yemasse Issue 19.2 (Spring/Summer 2012) Bethany Is Dead You can’t touch death. You can’t hold it in your arms. You can’t stroke it. It’s not a tree or a fork or a puppy. It’s like zero, which seems like a number, but isn’t really anything at all. It’s the air … Continue reading Bethany Is Dead
What Is a Witch? What is a witch but a hag, an unruly woman, a spinster, a crone, any woman who exerts her own power and right to exist and act how she wants without the approval of the patriarchy? They try to burn us at the stake, hang us, drown us, imprison us, throw … Continue reading What Is A Witch?