Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Contact Info

Please add your contact info as a comment under this post.

Great Ending Authors

Hi, All -

Maybe it'd be a good idea to store our list of great ending authors on our blog so we can refer back to it in the future (rather than dredging through backlogged e-mails). I've added Laura's e-mail from yesterday to our list as well as one of my own suggestions. Feel free to comment on this post - or make your own - with stories' whose endings you've enjoyed.

As a poet, I don't read novels or short stories on a very regular basis. Any reading time that's not devoted to my thesis is spent on modern poetry collections. But in the interest of learning the craft of fiction (I feel like you guys must love it for some reason!), I Googled tips for writing short stories and came upon this great article posted last month by faculty at Steton Hill University in Pennsylvania.

Check it out here.

Here's Laura's great ending author input:

Annie Proulx. She is probably best known for the Pulitzer-winning The Shipping News and her story Brokeback Mountain, but as far as endings go, I like her short stories Them Old Cowboy Songs and The Half-Skinned Steer the best. I have them if anyone wants to borrow them. Also, her novel Accordian Crimes is amazing in that she manages to craft a fabulous ending to a story that follows an accordian through a century of the various immigrants who own it. I couldn't put the book down until the end and I was not disappointed. And the ending of Charles D'Ambrosio(Keija's teacher!)'s story The Scheme of Things is terrific and memorable.   

Thursday, April 14, 2011

All Things Important

Today's post on All Things Important:


This is the blog that I started in late February to help get myself in a writing space for our workshop.



Greetings, Workshoppers -

I've set this blog up as a place where we can share questions and comments about the workshop, provide links to interesting articles or works we find, and even share our own writing that doesn't make it into Keija's class.

Blogger is pretty intuitive, but if you have any questions about how to use the software, just ask. I've been using it to run my own blog for quite some time now.

Excited to see you all on Monday.