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CRAFT ARTICLES and ESSAYS

Reaching Out: Endings of Joy Williams

By Guest Author | October 15, 2018

By Elizabeth Mayer Death and loss and decay pervade the stories of Joy Williams’s collection Escapes. If a character is not facing the immediacy of their own death, often they are mourning the loss of someone close to them. Yet…

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The Art of Description in A.S. Byatt’s “The Chinese Lobster”

By Guest Author | October 11, 2018

By Chaya Bhuvaneswar The display is brightly lit, and arranged on a carpet of that fierce emerald-green artificial grass used by greengrocers and undertakers. Round the edges on open shells, is a border of raw scallops, the pearly flesh dulling,…

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A Closer Look: WARNINGS FROM THE FUTURE

By CRAFT | September 27, 2018

Warnings From the Future is a debut collection of ten short stories by Ethan Chatagnier, published by Acre Books. Chatagnier is clearly interested in playing with form in his work, and a number of these stories allow the form and…

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Artifacts: On Revising Older Stories

By Guest Author | September 17, 2018

By Laura Rock Gaughan Faced with the happy prospect of preparing Motherish, my short story collection and first book, for publication, I panicked. Not only did the task demand a decisiveness I lack, but I wanted to be moving on:…

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A Closer Look: “The Lovers,” by Nick White

By CRAFT | September 13, 2018

Nick White’s story, “The Lovers,” is the opening story in his collection, Sweet & Low, published in June, 2018. Originally published in The Literary Review, this story masterfully uses a point-of-view that moves back and forth between the two main…

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Don’t Write What You Know, Write What You Find

By Guest Author | September 5, 2018

By Sara Batkie There are certain, agreed-upon tools (or, more accurately, emotional muscles) that should be in any writer’s kit: patience, resilience, a well-stretched capacity for empathy. Perhaps the most difficult one to talk about, at least for me, is…

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CRAFT Talks and Elements

By CRAFT | August 30, 2018

Since we launched in October 2017, CRAFT has published quite a number of CRAFT Talks and CRAFT Elements on different topics. We’ve gathered them together here. Take some time this holiday weekend to read up on craft, as you prepare…

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Mystery vs. Confusion

By Guest Author | August 27, 2018

By Sarah Stone In writing fiction, we’re always looking for ways to manage the release and restraint of information, introducing our characters and situations while avoiding the dreaded exposition junk pile at the beginning (many of us do have a…

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The Hook: More Than The Opening Line

By Guest Author | August 17, 2018

By Tommy Dean Think about your favorite verbal storytellers, those people in your family who have passed down the history of the joys and tragedies, the small coincidences, and the shared DNA that results in a similar nose, an ornery…

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Object Lessons: An Exploration

By Guest Author | August 13, 2018

By Laura van den Berg This summer, I spent five weeks at an artists’ residency in Italy, where I had the good fortune of crossing paths with a Swedish composer-performer and visual artist named Charlotte Hug. Known for her musical-visual…

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