Monthly Archives: May 2011

Linda Died 57 Years Ago Today


Note: If you’d like to follow the progress of my book, follow Linda on Twitter, @MrsColePorter. Believe me, if Linda were alive today, she would totally use Twitter. Linda Lee Thomas Porter died on this day, May 20, 1954. She … Continue reading

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Aesthetic Diversity + Imitation = My Short Story Class


In honor of National Short Story Month, I thought I’d share this course with you, a short story survey that focuses on imitations. I always include this picture on my syllabus, a visual representation of my pedagogical approach. In the … Continue reading

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A Novel Graduation Story


    This week, I’ve invited my friend Sherrie Flick to describe the novel workshop she taught this past semester at Chatham University, and my former student Ben Gwin to talk about being a student in that course. A little … Continue reading

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The Novel Club


Last week, I talked to Kim Barnes, who teaches a novel-writing course. This week, I’m talking to students who’ve taken (or are about to take) that course at the University of Idaho, a program which regularly offers a year-long novel … Continue reading

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