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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.

Word Pictures

One of the best-loved writers in American literature today, John Irving offers a novelist’s perspective on screenplay adaptations and talks about his obsession with the ultimate personal loss. Read more

Write With Prejudice

Flannery O”Connor employed a unique form of narrative bias to power her stories. Read more

Jack Kerouac’s Letters

Jack Kerouac created a modern American folk hero in the Beat generation classic, On the Road (Bantam), out of his vagabond adventures with friend Neal Cassady. A new book sheds light on Kerouac and his life during the writing of a novel that changed a generation. Read more

Singularly Modern

Even as a member of a distinctive literary club, Virginia Woolf broke new ground all by herself. Read more

Vonnegut on Fiction

Slaughterhouse Five author Kurt Vonnegut reflects on his writing style, the craft and the evolution of fiction. Read more

The Comedy of War

Kurt Vonnegut uses a potent mix of dark humor and clear-eyed compassion to expose the realities of war. Read more

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

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