The Canon: Mine/Yours

In reading Henry Jameses, The Turn of the Screw, all the writers in the Studio bandied about this term: The Canon. From ThoughtCo, I found this definition: “In fiction and literature, the canon is the collection of works considered representative of a period or genre. The collected works of William Shakespeare for instance, would be part of the canon of …

Story: A Tiny Mouse in a Tight Suit

It’s not right away.  Not first thing.  First is the awakening and the accepting of a new day.  I blink and decide that yes, it’s time to get up.  Covers off, I sit up, and my gaze falls on the Timex on the nightstand.  “You’ve slept too late,” a voice says. (Mind you, this is a voice in the head. …

Lit Lesson #23 Learning from Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has, as of this posting, spent ninety four weeks on the NYT Best Seller list. That’s almost two years running. People have strong opinions about this book; “Loved it,” “Couldn’t stand it,” “Haunting,” “Trite,” “Memorable.” No matter what you feel about a book, you can always learn from it, as Stephen King says. …

Lit Lesson #22: Fragments

We spent a week discussing fragments at the Studio, and it was such a good conversation that I decided to create a small teaching for those of you who are not in class with us. To help you get the most out of this teaching, there is a hand out that you can print out. You must click on the …

Lit Lesson #21: On Getting an Agent

Studio III’s Becky Ellis was able to secure a literary agent for her first memoir with the working title: At War with my Father. This posting is about how she went about the process that led to her signing with the Heather Jackson Literary Agency. Q: When, in the process of writing your book, drafting and redrafting, did you decide to …