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Re-envision Revision with Sandra Scofield

Sarah McCoy with Sandra Scofield I first met Sandra Scofield over ten years ago. A visiting professor to my MFA program, Sandra was lauded for her unparalleled storytelling and a National Book Award Finalist (Beyond Deserving) as proof. To work with her, master students had to submit their stories and …

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» Deadly Nightshade by Owen Knowles Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

“Right mum, we’re off,” said Dylan. Content continues after advertisement “You be careful now. Have you got lunch and all you need?” asked his mum. “Of course we’ve got everything. I’m not five, I’m almost eleven!” replied Dylan. “I know you are but there are still things you need to …

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Want to Write the Next Gone Girl? Illuminating the Edge of Dark Contemporary Fiction

Please welcome multi-published and USA Today bestselling novelist Kaira Rouda to Writer Unboxed today! Kaira’s latest novel, Best Day Ever: A Psychological Thriller, released just last month. A little more about her: Kaira is the author of Here, Home, Hope, The Goodbye Year, In the Mirror and All the Difference. Her stories explore what goes …

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» An Obligation in Kalamazoo by Piper Davenport Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

“Where are you headed, sir?” That’s what the train conductor said to the man. He turned and looked away. The day was turning into night, but still there was just enough daylight that he could see his reflection in the spit-shined windowpane. With his hair combed back, with a slight …

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Concept Check: The Book Doula

Doubtful About Doulas? The Matera Women’s Fiction Festival in Italy includes an international writers conference. The conference was on hiatus last year. A lot of us were glad when the event’s longtime (tireless) driver Elizabeth Jennings and her fine associates including Rebecca Riches and Maria Teresa Cascino were able to …

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» Five Minute Escapade by Fiona K Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Shall I share with you my deepest, darkest secrets or unburden to you my most daring confession, reveal a shockingly gruesome personal transgression? Content continues after advertisement Never mind, I don’t have time. Constrained by the New York rhythm of life, waltzing between pillar and pillar of social obligations, hiding …

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The Spark That Won’t Die

Flickr Creative Commons: x1kllma For some writers it’s an image: A grief-broken man cradling his dead son. For other writers it’s a sentence or a title: “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” For yet others it’s a character, or characters, who pop into your head all at once. They’re all the sparks …

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How to Write Sex Scenes That Readers Can’t and Won’t Skip

  Write fiction for long enough, and eventually you’re going to land on a storyline that requires you to address a sexual relationship between characters. If you write in a sweet, mannerly style in which sex only happens once all major story questions and conflicts are addressed, you might get …

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» Secrets Untold Within the Deep Heart by Jane Doe Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Gaze at my eyes. What do you see? The sunny amounts of happiness will first warm your heart. But then, you’ll be able to tell. Because only time will tell, shedding layers of my fake life. The dark, deep midnight of the core of my soul can be seen from …

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