General Musings

NaNoWriMo: Trend or Training?

Writing has never come easily to me. It’s always been a delicate dance of determination and shame, shame which has also driven me to grueling bouts of revision. A story is whittled out of me with painstaking tedium: I write, revise, write, revise, write, revise sentence by sentence or paragraph by paragraph. After a particularly […]

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Hi Fifth Wednesdayarians: I just sat down with Ana Castillo, who will be our third author in our Taking the Fifth series. She joins the ranks of Stephen Dixon and Elizabeth Strout, whose interview is going to be pub’d in the upcoming issue of Fifth Wednesday, set to drop in November. For me this is […]

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No Horizons: The Post-MFA Blues

Earlier this week, Erin wrote about how she ended up in grad school for creative writing. Today, Katherine talks about what happens after your MFA time is over and real life sets in. So, Vern, our fearless leader, asked us to write about how we ended up here in Chicago being all literary and scholared. […]

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Coming to Chicago: How on Earth Did I End Up Getting An MFA?

Until about halfway through junior year of college, my motto was, “I am never going to graduate school.” I studied English, with a concentration in creative writing, and when I told friends and relatives my major they always asked one of two questions: Are you going to teach? And… Where are you applying for grad […]

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The Book Bike

Thanks to an email on another topic from Mike Zapata (Fifth Wednesday Journal, Spring 2010 Issue 6) I discovered this morning a magnificent contribution to the spirit and life of the printed book in American culture. If you haven’t already discovered The Book Bike for yourself, you might visit www.bookbike.org/gallery/ You will enjoy what you […]

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Know This Game?

Know This Game?

We need someone to demonstrate the usefulness of a blog for a literary magazine. After all, we invest resources in the manufacture and maintenance of these vehicles. In this case, “we” means the editors, designers, and webmasters who cobble the appearance and structure of them. But we don’t really know who visits here, if anyone […]

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What’s in a Photo

When it’s time to select the photos for the next issue of FWJ, all we usually have to worry about is whether the ones we choose are still available for publication. But this time a couple of photos caused special concern. First, we wanted to publish a picture of an Iranian woman sitting in a […]

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