Friday, March 27, 2015

LU MFA Foundations: Glossary of Poetic Terms--Scott Berzon

Scott Berzon recommends the Poetry Foundation link below for poetry students to familiarize themselves with poetic terms:

An excerpt:

Tone
The poet’s attitude toward the poem’s speaker, reader, and subject matter, as interpreted by the reader. Often described as a “mood” that pervades the experience of reading the poem, it is created by the poem’s vocabulary, metrical regularity or irregularity, syntax, use of figurative language, and rhyme.


LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members 
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

LU MFA Foundations: When To Stop Working on Your Novel--Tony D'Souza

In the article linked below, LU MFA faculty member Tony D'Souza shares his realization about the importance of knowing when to stop working on your novel:

http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/when-to-stop-working-on-your-novel/40766

An excerpt:

"I felt time trickling away, one year, another. I married in the interim; we had our first child. Still, Voyage of the Rosa wasn’t right, and making it so remained elusive. Pushing through those endless revisions was like wading through molasses. Our second child was born; The Konkans advance had long since run out, and now there were twice as many diapers to buy. Something began to tighten in my belly that I knew was panic."


LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members 
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LU MFA Foundations: Recommended Reading for Advice to Poets--Eve Jones

Eve Jones recommends the following article by Mark Yakich for good advice to writers and workshoppers of poetry:

http://bostonreview.net/poetry/NPM-2011-mark-yakich-yakking-points

An excerpt:

"When reading a poem, try to come to it on its terms, not yours. Don’t try to fit the poem into your life. Try to see what world the poem creates. Then, if you are lucky, its world will help you re-see your own."


LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members 
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LU MFA Foundations: Defining Flash Fiction--Mary Anderson

What is Flash Fiction?

In 1986 the short short story reemerged in the first of many anthologies edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas. Short shorts were surfacing at the time in literary magazines such as North American Review and Sundog. A separate genre, Sudden Fiction, appeared and then a further shortening of the term evolved, and “flash was coined by James Thomas in 1992, which he defined it as being 250-750 words and debuted in Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories. Shorter than its predecessor sudden fiction, but longer than Jerome Stern’s microfiction, flash is one of the more popular terms used to reference short shorts in the United States.” (xxxvii)

The computer lured back the audience that television stole and it reduced the American attention span even further spawning online magazines and blogs publishing Flash. Plus, its “brief length makes it perfect for viewing online and on hand-held electronics.” (xxxvi)

So far, during its adolescence, sub-genres of Flash Fiction have included: “dribbles (50 words), nanofiction (55 words), drabbles (100 words), quick fiction, fast fiction, microfiction, furious fiction, sudden and flash fiction postcard fiction, napkin fiction (from Esquire online), minute-long stories, smoke-long stories, skinny stories, vest-pocket stories and pill-size stories (from the forties), pocket-size stories, palm-size stories. . .” (xxxvii)

Flash Fiction was a sub-genre of Micr-O Fiction and defined as: “a novel crossed with a haiku,” in The Oprah Magazine (July 2006). Eight stories of 300 words or less were featured, including gems by Antonya Nelson, Stuart Dybek, and Amy Hempel. (xxxvii)

Lindenwood’s Flash Fiction course in the MFA Program, along with Rose Metal Press, bring together the advice of fifty or so experts and offer a primer to its students. Flash Fiction is so much more than a story quantified by a word count. Students in the Program will develop a set of tools that allow them to use image, smart surprise and an economy of language to write and publish Flash stories that, as Robert Shapard suggests, “achieve a depth of vision and human significance without ever wanting to be novel(s).” (89)

Masih, Tara L. Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field. Brookline, MA: Rose Metal, 2009. Print.

LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members 
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LU MFA Foundations

LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing. Links will be added below as new entries are posted.

Recommended Glossary of Poetic Terms: Scott Berzon

When To Stop Working on Your Novel: Tony D'Souza

Recommended Reading for Advice to Poets: Eve Jones

Defining Flash Fiction: Mary Anderson

Defining Creative Nonfiction: Catherine Rankovic

Sample Guidelines for Workshops: Beth Mead

On Publishing Your Work: Catherine Rankovic

For MFA students who plan to teach frosh comp: 5 Things Freshman Composition Students Need to Learn: Beth Mead



LU MFA Foundations: Defining Creative Nonfiction--Catherine Rankovic

What is Creative Nonfiction?

"Nonfiction stories that read like fiction so that readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy. The word 'creative' refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ, such as description, dialogue, and suspense, to present factually accurate prose about real people and events—described in a compelling, vivid, dramatic way."
creativenonfiction.org

Creative nonfiction is sometimes also called "literary nonfiction" or "the literature of witness." The genre includes autobiography, memoir, history, biography, essays, nature writing, travel writing, true adventure, true crime, and pop-culture reviews and analysis.

Recommended Creative Nonfiction Books:
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
Lee Gutkind, The Best of Creative Nonfiction (anthology)
Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit
Bell Hooks, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood
John Krakauer, Into the Wild
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
George Orwell, A Collection of Essays
Scott Russell Sanders, A Private History of Awe
Patti Smith, Just Kids
Tobias Wolff, This Boy's Life
—Catherine Rankovic


LU MFA Foundations is a new continuing series in which our faculty members 
discuss or clarify foundational elements of the craft of creative writing.
Other entries in the series are linked here.

TLR5 Acceptances

We enjoyed reading so many wonderful submissions for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. All submission responses have now been sent, and we are very happy to announce our acceptances for issue 5, which will be published this spring:

ESSAY:

Our Mother: A Prequel
Betty Jo Buro

Fortune Tellers
Thomas Mannella

The Dog-eared Page
Kavanaugh


POETRY:

Postcard from Bodega Bay, 1963
Michael Boccardo

Mystery
Daye Phillippo

Communion Season
Bianca Diaz

Goat
Cara Chamberlain

Dinner at Mom's
Michael Gould

Night Light
George Bishop

Light and Dark During the Sermon
George Bishop

Copperhead, Ambler Gorge
cl calia

Learning to Paddle a Canoe
Karen Hildebrand

The Spider in My Bedroom May Be an 18th Century Privateer
John Findura

Faith
Carl Auerbach

Old Loves
Carl Auerbach

Sanctuary
Michelle Askin

In the Rain: Lake Superior
Richard N. Bentley

Working Draft
Gwendolyn Jensen

Late Afternoon in the Shadows of the Fruit Trees
Kelly Talbot

Solvent Can
Robert Kendrick

City of Bridges
Kirk Schlueter

Paper Birthday
Jennifer Jackson Berry

Looking at Six Mile Creek
Robert Kendrick

Zenith Singularity
Joddy Murray

Ventana
Alison Hicks

Killing Time
Jennifer Gray


FICTION:

A Bowl Full of Oranges
Carmelinda Blagg

Where's Billy?
Lawrence F. Farrar

Mother Superior
Jennifer Robinette


FLASH FICTION (Contest Winner & Honorable Mentions):

The Someone on the Roof
Genna Nethercott (Winner)

The Son of a Coal Miner
Nate Pillman

Chasing
Sarah Hausman

The Final Score
Ashley Cowger

We Passed Upon the Stair
Lynn Watson

A Promise
Maria Brandt

Still Auditioning
Eileen Malone

Disconnected
Ernesto Pavan

What She Showed Me
Bryce Emley

Thank you to all who submitted their work. Issue 6 submissions of Poetry, Fiction, and Personal Essay will be accepted between June 1 and November 1, 2015. Details for our free Prose Poetry Contest will be posted soon, with entries accepted between May 1 and August 1. Visit us at www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.