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Interview with 2010 Pop Fiction Winner Benjamin Kowalsky

Benjamin Kowalsky’s short story, which earned the grand prize in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, isolates two enemies in the Russian Revolution above a crowded theater and uses the methodical rhythm of weapon assembly to set the pace and tone. Here's a Q&A with the winner.

by Melissa...

Poetry Workshop: 014

Okay, I haven’t tackled one of these poetry workshops in a while, so let’s look at a poem from Khara House. Here the original draft: Our daily bread, by Khara E. House Pull one thread to unravel a sweater–one thing leads to another. Hansel and Gretel scatter breadcrumb path–come the birds, eat the...

Authors: Build Your E-mail List—NOW

Since April, I hear the drums getting louder and louder: E-mail lists are the strongest tool in your marketing and promotion arsenal. I’ve heard it from large publishers, from small publishers, from authors. Here are three examples: Small publisherSophia Institute Press has a small and focused e-mail list of people who...

Should You Create a Facebook Fan Page? (And If So, When?)

At conferences, not long after I propose that writers use Facebook for platform building (here’s why), I’m asked whether writers should use their personal page or create a fan page. First, there is no one right way to do this. But most people have privacy concerns (try to ease your mind...

What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?

I often receive the following question at conferences and via e-mail and blog comments: It seems easier for nonfiction writers to offer free content through their blogs (e.g. how-to tips). Could you share tips on how fiction writers can make that work? There are many ways to approach this, which ought...

Tips for Writing and for Life

In this special expanded edition of MFA Insider, a distinguished writer and longtime professor shares a wealth of advice he’s been compiling for (and from) his students for decades.

by Leslie Epstein

Managing Multiple Identities Online (Avoid)

Inevitably, at some point during author platform discussions, two questions get asked: What if I want to write under a pen name, or two (or more) different names? Do I need to maintain multiple identities? What if I have different areas of interest that have no connection to each other? Should...