Lighting Up Your Storytelling With Flashbulb Memories

Whether we are revealing ourselves through memoir or creating an alien world in a novel, our experiences drive our storytelling. Writers can amplify the brightness of so-called "flashbulb memories" to add more vigor to the stories they tell. That was one takeaway for me from Saturday's Conversations and Connections writer's conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored …

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MFA Nugget: Illuminating your Story

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: "The job of a fiction writer is to illuminate what is written." That pearl of wisdom from the late Grace Paley was shared with us here at the Vermont College of Fine Arts by VCFA instructor Richard McCann. At his interactive lecture, a few dozen of us students broke down a two-page short …

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