Creative Writing

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BBC Writer’s Lab



Check out the Writer’s Lab at BBC’s Writer’s Room. Here, you’ll find interviews, advice, toolkits, guidelines and other resources to help and support your writing.

Signs & Symbols


Here’s a short, short story by one of my favorite authors, the masterful Vladimir Nabokov. It originally appeared (with a slightly different title) in the May 15, 1948 issue of The New Yorker.

Signs and Symbols

Here’s an interesting interview with Nabokov:

Vladimir Nabokov, The Art of Fiction No. 40

More Writing Contests!


Writer’s Digest

Screencraft (also great resources here!)

American Short Fiction

The Balance



ZwoodleBooks is an interesting website which I encourage you to visit:

  • Writing resources
  • Links to free eBooks
  • Writing contests & awards

The Tell-Tale Heart



Following our class discussion, take some time to read (or re-read) Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Think about some of the elements mentioned in the first 13 chapters of The Art of Fiction, such as Point of View, Internal Dialogue, Word Choice, Mood (suspense, mystery!), and Character. There is some useful analysis of the story found at PoeDecoder.

An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge

Source: Sparknotes

Source: Sparknotes

This brilliant tale by Ambrose Bierce, published in 1890, was adapted for the screen in 1962 by a French production company. It aired as an episode of the classic TV series The Twilight Zone.

An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge

The Tangi Bridge


KM Zafari penned this clever short short story about the night watchman of the Tangi Bridge.

After reading, consider these questions; perhaps it could add a spark of inspiration for your own work.

  1. Predict how the story ends. What do you think the main character did?
  2. Why were the people jumping? What clues does the writer provide to help you draw that conclusion?
  3. When do you think this story takes place? Why? What clues does the writer provide to help you draw that conclusion?
  4. What, if anything, do you think the author was trying to say about society, culture, or individuality with this story?
  5. How did the two characters feel about one another? Is it possible to love someone after just one night?
  6. Describe how this story made you feel. How do you think the author wanted you to feel? What word choices did the author use to convey those emotions?

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe


Here’s one of my favorite works by southern writer Carson McCullers:

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

The Waste Land


Here’s a poem which I suggest you read; you may find inspiration herein:

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

Having trouble understanding this poem? Check out Exploring The Waste Land

Writing Contests!


Get published! Win prizes! Start your career as an author by entering one of the contests listed below, or simply submit your work for possible publication in print or online. Be sure to check back often; as deadlines close, new opportunities appear.

Polyphony H. S.

Poets & Writers

Cult of Pedagogy

Alabama Writer’s Forum

Narrative Magazine

New Pages

Snoopy and Woodstock artwork by Charles Schulz

Snoopy and Woodstock artwork by Charles Schulz

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