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Join Toni for a Masterclass at Los Angeles Valley College, Saturday, October 18

Master The Skills Needed to Write Your First Novel or Revise Your First Draft! You need the skills to impress a publisher enough to receive a contract on your first novel. Here’s your chance to learn what it takes, then … Continue reading

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Line of Dialogue Remembered Since 1949

Orson Welles’s short speech in The Third Man: Italy vs Switzerland

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Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Kurt Vonnegut

This video is amazing. So’s the letter. In 1973 they burned 75 copies of Slaughter House Five.  

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What Writers Can Learn From Watching “Fargo”

Alan Sepinwall reviews a screening of FX’s Fargo: “…the level of suspense that Noah Hawley‘s script and Matt Shakman’s direction create is almost unbearable, and that tension was palpable and powerful throughout the screening…. “…That there isn’t any violence in … Continue reading

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How to Stop Saying the Word “Like”

Every language has its own vocabulary of vocalized pauses, which are meaningless words used to keep the conversation flowing smoothly.[1] In English, these are usually “um,” “er,” “ah,” or “you know.” In North America, especially among young people, it’s common … Continue reading

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No Winner For Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 2012

In 2012 nobody was good enough. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Previous fiction winners have included Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jennifer Egan and Philip Roth. Publishers submit works according to … Continue reading

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Weird Writing From Published Authors

On The One Hand … ‘”There is one datum I can adduce, I believe,’ said Lebret, scratching his beard with his left hand and manoeuvring a cigarette out of its case with his left …” (Adam Roberts, Twenty Trillion Leagues … Continue reading

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