fiction

This weekend I delivered a session on flash fiction at the Write Eastern Kentucky Conference on the campus of Morehead State University and decided to share some of my plans here. While the length of most fiction is determined by the guidelines of the journal or magazine to which you plan to submit your work, a generally accepted word count for a traditional short story is 2000-8000 words while a...
As the Visiting Fiction Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University I taught fiction writing to undergraduates and undergrads in courses titled Fiction Bootcamp and Writer's Workshop. These courses were craft-based workshops where my students and I pondered the big questions of how fiction is constructed and what makes it work. We looked under the hood, took the back off the clock, peered into the...
I’ve been trying to stretch the ideas of “walking my world” with different media, as part of the #walkmyworld project, mostly in hopes that others in the venture (connected through Twitter, mostly, and through Ian and Greg’s posts) might also move beyond the sharing of images and into the sharing of ideas with poetry, writing and other forms of media. Here’s another way. I am diving back into...
(This is reposted from my blog) I am pulling together a collection of student stories that were created as part of our Interactive Fiction unit, in which my sixth grade students first read and reflected on the use of “choose your own ending” style of stories (we were lucky enough to have some funds to purchase some class sets of the books) and then worked with the software, Twine, to write and...
(This is reposted from my blog, as part of my own exploration around interactive fiction.) I saw someone in my RSS feed share a link for this beta site — Rvl — that allows you to create virtual-cube-shaped presentations, and I wondered if it might work for interactive fiction. You have to envision the project as a cube that has sides up, down and to the right when creating (although you can go...
The other day, I came across Jason Seller's post about Interactive Fiction and became intrigued. This week, I dove in and wrote about my adventures as I sought to play with various IF possibilities and thought about how this kind of writing might have a place in my sixth grade classroom. Day one: I had Jason's Digital Is post in mind as I began composing an Interactive Fiction story at PlayFic, a...
I have never written a book review and it almost seems pretentious of me to even try. What could I say about any book that hasn’t already been said 100 times by others—more eloquently than I could ever say, for sure? But this review isn’t necessarily for anyone but me I guess. It’s a chance for me to process what I’ve read and by sharing it, maybe it helps someone else too, who knows? So let’s...
childhood_s end.jpg.jpg Best known as the author of popular science fiction classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke was an inventor, an explorer, and one of the most prolific and interesting science fiction writers of the 20th century. Among his many works is Childhood's End, a novel that advances some of his major mid-century themes about humanity...