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Peter Ferry on the Importance of Teaching

I spent five years sitting in a gray, metal cubicle editing junior high school social studies textbooks.  It was dreadful, but when I went to parties, girls (I was in my twenties then) were impressed, so I kept at it.  Then I applied for an editorial director’s job with another house and thought I had […]

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Why I Started Writing Screenplays

I was skeptical when I first heard someone say that the best writers today are in Hollywood working on movies and TV shows. Then again, until recently, I subconsciously bought into the notion that actors and directors are the underlying forces behind cinematic productions. You just put these people on a set, give them a […]

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Mann Kann Nicht Alles Haben: A Meditation on the Poetry of Adam Zagajewski

Adam shows us in this piece how “we gravitate towards the art we see ourselves most reflected in, where there is space for us to enhance our own unique myth within the confines of the tale itself. If offers us an escape. It offers us a salvation.”  Sometimes that means finding new ways to say […]

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“The Relics of Love”: Adam Gallari’s Review of James Salter’s A Sport and A Pastime (and so much more)

I will not hide the fact that James Salter is probably my favorite American writer, and that A Sport and a Pastime holds a special place in my personal pantheon. To my detriment I have modelled my own style too heavily on Salter’s—much to the chagrin of my PhD examiners and my editor, who both highlighted […]

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Welcome to our new blog feature: “Adam Gallari on Books”

As the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal, I have found it incredibly challenging to choose just three or four books to feature per issue, especially given the high number of worthy books being published and sent to us each year. Realizing how we’d love more books reviewed and more reviewers’ voices added to […]

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Exploring Space through Writing: An Interview with Anna Leahy & Douglas Dechow

Exploring Space through Writing: An Interview with Anna Leahy & Douglas Dechow

Anna Leahy and Douglas Dechow are writers who focus mainly on science, space, and aviation. They write the Lofty Ambitions blog together and are working on a book about their experiences following the end of the US space shuttle program.       FWJ: When did you first decide to write about the ending of […]

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On “Walter” and Writing: An Interview with Ed Winkofsky

On “Walter” and Writing: An Interview with Ed Winkofsky

Ed Winkofsky is a writer and lawyer in Chicago. His short story “Walter” appeared in FWJ’s fall 2012 issue. He is currently writing more Walter stories. We asked him to tell us a bit more about Walter and his writing process. Here is what he says. Why did you choose an amusement park parking lot […]

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An Interview with Nina Corwin

An Interview with Nina Corwin

Poet, editor, literary curator, and psychotherapist are just some of Nina Corwin’s identities. She first became involved in Fifth Wednesday Journal (FWJ) in 2007, when the journal was just starting. “I agreed to edit one issue because I was afraid to get in over my head,” she admits. “I had to be careful since I […]

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A Few Thoughts on the Nature of Earned Risk in Fiction

A Few Thoughts on the Nature of Earned Risk in Fiction

Let’s talk about risk.  Specifically, the lack of and misuse of risk in the construction of fiction.   When an editor rejects your work and sends you a note that says something like “The story is well put together, but it feels too neat” or “There’s something missing” or “I feel like I’ve read this story […]

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Literary Sex

Literary Sex

Linda Downing Miller shares thoughts from her MFA program reading. One of the benefits of an MFA program for me has been the opportunity to read recommended works with an eye toward particular aspects of craft. How does an author manage time? Establish point of view? When the syllabus arrived for my next residency at […]

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