Wondering what short stories to read this Halloween? Here’s my list of spooky, funny, absurd, horrifying, and tragic American ghostly short stories, featuring titles by Dan Chaon, Kelly Link, Stephen King, Charles Chesnutt, Benjamin Percy, and more!
“Walking this tightrope of tension—evoking emotional shifts, revealing information—requires a writer’s nimbleness, agility. Nimbility. (Shouldn’t that be a word?)”— from my 496-word Ploughshares blog post on writing, reading, submitting, and working with flash prose, even if you’re trying to write a novel.
This semester, I’m trying to build a better post-graduate writer– one who can jump through hoops, use daring and discipline, and set words on fire. Can we instill in students (and ourselves) the ability to leap without a ringmaster? Come share your ideas at my WORKSHOP OF FIRE!!!! post– today at the Ploughshares Blog.