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An Interview with Susan Richards Shreve

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Katherine Perry
Susan Richards Shreve is a founder of the MFA program in creative writing at George Mason University, where she has been a professor for 22 years. She received her master's degree from the University of Virginia, where she studied with Peter Taylor.
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Film Technique in Fiction

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Nancy Sullivan
At the beginning of the 20th century, the early filmmakers turned to novels and poetry for guidance on how to transpose the art of storytelling to what was then a new medium. Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Alexander Pushkin are just a few of the writers that early filmmakers cite as inspirations. Of course, books from the Bible to Jurassic Park have continued to be a source of inspiration for movies-certainly for plots and characters.
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On the Ethics of Simultaneous Submissions

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Michael P. Kardos
This story I just finished might be my best yet. It's got a talking rabbit in it, and a psychic baby, and-I don't want to give it all away, but what I'm saying is, it has a real shot. I stayed awake for two nights on the final edit, and then I began thinking about a home for my new story, called "Mr. Marotta's Ashes Have the Personality of a Grouchy Old Man" (for reasons that become clear once you read the story).
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Written Images; or The Art of Natural Causes

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Reg Saner
Summer evening, July 3, 1957. Opening night at the Santa Fe Opera's very first production. And for its premier event the company has chosen Puccini's Madam Butterfly. Outdoor theater is all very well, but among audience members, sunset's afterglow to the northwest complicates the experience, as do lights twinkling 30 miles away along the Pajarito Plateau.
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Writing In The Mother Tongue: Approaches to Dialect and Colloquial Speech

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Nickole Brown
There is a language that comes from the earliest, freshest part of me, a certain rhythm to conversation and volume to meaning that is as natural to me as breathing, particularly the last precious few deep breaths I took as a child half-awake in my bed, listening to the pop of bacon grease and percolating coffee drum with the melody of women talking, always talking, in the kitchen.
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An Interview with Nick Hornby

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Tom DeMarchi
THE TOP TEN REASONS to read this interview with Nick Hornby: 10. He is the author of the internationally best selling novels High Fidelity, About A Boy, and How To Be Good, and the memoir Fever Pitch, all from Riverhead Publishers.

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