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Literary Fiction Writing

If your passion is for literary fiction, you’ll find guidelines for mastering plot, character, setting, dialogue and more right here. You’ll also get insights into selling your work and getting it published.

Find Identity with Joyce Carol Oates

Novelist and short story writer Joyce Carol Oates has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Achievement in the Short Story, and various other awards.

Known best for her short stories, many of which have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories of the 20th Century, Oates still manages to bridge the natural gap that exists between novel and short story writing.

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Dave Eggers Helps Sudanese Village With Novel

Telling the tale of a Sudanese refugee’s life in novel form gave literary darling Dave Eggers the challenge of a lifetime. Read more

Try, Try, Try Again 2

All of us experience failure and rejection. But often, those are the two things that push us to succeed. Read more

Go Your Own Way

Dave Eggers’ eclectic body of work serves as a testament to the value-and power-of staying true to your own voice. Read more

On the Edge: Fantastic Fiction

Despite the longevity of the fantastic in narrative form,
there’s long been a stigma against blending it with literary fiction. But recently, readers have been eager to read contemporary
fantastic literature—and publishers are taking note.
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Sunny Side Up

Read how Fannie Flagg, the gifted storyteller of the novels Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café and A Redbird Christmas, stays relentlessly optimistic about writing feel-good fiction. Read more

The WD Interview: Anna Quindlen: Balancing Act

As a full-time novelist and part-time columnist, Anna Quindlen’s writing career is a study in symmetry. Read more

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

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The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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