Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Writing the First Sentence

A student once gave me an ancient how-to manual for writing engaging fiction. Tip #1 was this: Have a strong first sentence! Here’s the example: “Damn,” said the duchess as she stumbled on the stairs and her cigar flew into the nearest planter. Quaint, right? Even back then the author might have had his tongue […]

Writing. Without the Clutter.

Recently, I’ve become a fan of the writer Lydia Davis. OK, “fan” may not be a strong enough word. Disciple? Groupie? I haven’t stood at intersections waiting for red lights so I can thrust copies of her books through the open car windows of startled motorists, but don’t think I haven’t considered it. Though Ms. Davis […]

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