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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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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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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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