Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés

I finally came up with handy name and metaphor for the genre of fiction MFA programs and creative writing workshops seem to produce: Four Chord Fiction. You see, it’s like formulaic pop music where the musician plugs in a few unique elements into a set structure and out of the other end of the machineContinue reading “Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés”

Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories

Presently I’m live tweeting a series of stories called the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” in a structure I invented called an “echo chamber” — in other words, a series of stories posted in increments over time that echo vertically but horizontally tell a linear story (see for example “Seven Minutes to Midnight” or #7m212 from last fall). As thisContinue reading “Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories”

Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, part 2: The Mini-Movement

If the first, most important thing to do in teaching creative writing is to establish essential principles upon which work is to be assessed and guide young writers to find their own principles of assessment to judge their own work and likewise judge the judgment of others, etc. (hence the Mogan of Primary Values IContinue reading “Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, part 2: The Mini-Movement”