Nick Martell: On Flawed Characters in Fantasy Fiction

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Author Nick Martell discusses the process of writing his new fantasy fiction novel, The Voyage of the Forgotten. Nick Martell was born in Ontario, Canada, before moving to the United States at age 7. He started writing novels regularly in fifth grade, and his debut novel, The Kingdom of Liars , sold when he was […]

New YA Books Perfect for Winter Holiday Reading

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Make the harrowing journey home with Queen Bitterblue’s sister and spy, in the fifth novel in the bestselling Graceling Realm series. Hava sails across the sea toward Monsea with her sister, the royal entourage, and the world’s only copies of the formulas for the zilfium weapon she saved at the end of Winterkeep. And while […]

Brian O’Hare: On Self-Actualization Through Fiction

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Brian O’Hare, originally from Pittsburgh, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and former U.S. Marine Corps officer, now an award-winning writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Find him on Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram , and at his website . In this post, Brian discusses the process of writing his […]

An Excerpt From Emerson Whitney’s Heaven

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This excerpt was first published May 20, 2021. We’re-posting it to celebrate the release of the paperback version . Natasha Marin follows-up her acclaimed Black Imagination with a brilliant new collection of sharply-rendered, breathtaking reflections from more than two dozen Black voices. I used to watch Mom on TV, would pull the videos out of […]

TV’s Ramy Youssef opens up about filming in Israel, writing Jewish characters

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Ramy (Ramy Youssef), left, and Yuval (Julian Sergi) travel to Israel together for a business opportunity in season three of the Hulu series “Ramy.” (Courtesy of Jon Pack/Hulu via JTA) This story contains details from the third season of Hulu’s “Ramy.” JTA — Ramy Youssef expected some glitches during the production of the third season […]

Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker and writing outside the constraints of time

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Robert Gilhooly / Alamy Anna Robinson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. When the 2022 Booker shortlist was announced in September, 87-year-old Alan Garner was highlighted as the oldest-ever […]

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If there’s one thing we can all agree, it’s that it’s a good idea to put the guy from Lost in charge of Star Wars , right? … Right ? Just three years after J.J. Abrams wrapped up his divisive sequel trilogy, his sometime partner in crime Damon Lindelof is officially joining the circus for […]

Character Development: A National Novel Writing Month Pep Talk

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If you’ve attempted to write 50,000 words in one month, please raise your eyebrows. Then, imagine doing it like William Smitherman, from the confines of a prison on an outdated, tiny, flaky android tablet (feel free to keep your eyebrows raised and add a tilt of your head). The content you write can only be […]

Distinguished Visiting Writer’s Series: Joe Dornich

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Event information Presented By: The Department of English and Modern Languages Location: Overman Student Center, Governor’s Room Address: 1701 S Broadway St, Pittsburg, KS 66762 Event details Author Joe Dornich’s debut short story collection, The Ways We Get By, was released by Black Lawrence Press in 2020. The collection uses humor to examine some of […]

Three methods to chip away your writer’s block

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Lifestyle Yvonne Tang | Senior Graphic Artist Maybe it’s midterm season, and you have a million different papers that are due, or maybe you write for a publication on campus and can’t think of any new ideas for what to write.You’re experiencing writer’s block and feel as if you can’t move past the title of […]

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