Author Archive | Peter Pollak

Report from Day 3 of the Eckerd College Writers Conference

After our morning workshop session, during which two more victims had their stories critiqued, we listened to two craft sessions––one on beginnings, the second on endings. The theme for the day (my label, not the conference’s) is beginning a story is like grasping the reader’s extended hand, holding it firmly throughout the story, then letting […]

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Report on Day 2 of the Eckerd College Writers Conference

The Writers in Paradise Conference began officially this morning with welcome messages by the co-directors and a presentation by last night’s reading series author Tim O’Brien. Later we attended our first workshop with Lori Roy where we dissected the first two writers’ submissions and in the evening heard Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Shutter […]

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Two Four-Star Novels

I recently read Andre Dubus III, The Garden of Last Days (2008) and Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island (2003) in preparation for hearing both authors speak at the Eckerd College Writers Conference that starts this coming weekend.  Each deserves four stars on a scale where four means very, very good, but not one of the top […]

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Genre versus Literary Fiction: The Debate Goes On

In a blog post entitled “Me and Science Fiction: Genre Fiction,” (posted on 9/16/13 on Strange Horizons website), Eleanor Arnason takes issue with Arthur Krystal’s October 2012 piece in the New Yorker magazine entitled “It’s Genre: Not That There’s Anything Wrong With It“. Arthur Krystal’s central point is that what separates literary from genre fiction […]

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