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Read "Submerging the 'I'" by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk, photographed by Robert Yager

For three years, Chuck Palahniuk contributed to our ground breaking online Writers Workshop (which he also helped build, btw) with 36 writing essays.  These were lessons from a best-selling author on how to improve your craft as a writer... the types of lessons they teach in $20,000+ MFA writing programs.  

To look back and celebrate these exclusive essays, each month we are "unlocking" one and offering it for free on the site.  Normally you would need a Workshop Membership on the site to view these essays, but until you're ready to make that important commitment, we'll offer you one of these a month. 

For February, we have Submerging the I, a favorite essay among Chuck's writing fans, which helps you discover the secret for making a first-person narrator less obtrusive.  Enjoy!

Read "Submerging the 'I'"

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Lucky McKee, Jack Ketchum & Andrew van den Houten Discuss 'THE WOMAN'

Confiscated & Burned: An Interview About 'THE WOMAN'
Dennis Widmyer
Lucky McKee, Jack Ketchum & Andrew van den Houten Discuss 'THE WOMAN'

This year at the Sundance Film Festival our friend Jack Ketchum premiered his new film THE WOMAN to a crowd of unsuspecting press, filmmakers and festival-goers. The Woman was co-written with Lucky McKee, who also directed it.  Lucky is, in my opinion, one of the best horror filmmakers working today.

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200 Proof Storytelling - Saint Valentine's Session Goes Live

Craig Clevenger's 200 Proof Storytelling class

Registration Deadline Today!

Craig Clevenger returns for 200 Proof Storytelling - one of our most popular intensive writing classes to date. This class combines the best of his famed Hotseat and Shotgun sessions into a single four-week Master Class. If you missed the chance to study with Craig previously, or you'd like a pure grain refresher course, give yourself the Valentine's Day gift that will keep on giving.

Beyond that load of chocolate, the extra pounds, and the brief romantic buzz, you've got a chance to join us for something substantial and lasting: an early spring commitment that will forever strengthen your prose and refine your storytelling ability.

This class starts up on February 8th.  Seats for this will be limited so...

Enroll Today

Within this course you'll get:

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Video: Cast Your Vote To '60 Second Fight Club'

Check out this impressive fan-made video that comprises the entirety of Fight Club into 60 seconds. The video was made by Alison Parker, who has submitted it to a contest that challenges the entrants to take any popular movie and condense it all down into 60 seconds.  I personally love this stuff, and have seen cool videos like this on YouTube before, but I think Alison has outdone herself here.

Watch the video above or here:

And if you dig it, you can Vote for it here

You have until January 25th to get your vote in.

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Audio: Listen to Rick Kleffel's Interview With Chuck During the Tell-All Tour

For nearly as many books as Chuck has written, journalist Rick Kleffel has conducted a thorough and enlightening audio interview with him for his site, The Agony Column Podcast.  While a little late this time around, Rick has just edited together his interview with Chuck that was recorded during last year's Tell-All tour.

Here's some words from Rick on the piece:

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Stephen Graham Jones

Live To Write, Write To Live
Joshua Chaplinsky
Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is a man who is constantly writing. He has no choice. He glides through the murky depths of the literary ocean like a shark, because if he stops moving, he'll die. In fact, by the time you finish reading this he will probably have completed another novel, guzzling his favorite vanilla-infused cola, scarfing whatever the hell Sixlets are.

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The Cult's Top Stories & Interviews of 2010

The Top Stories & Interviews of 2010

Come the end of a year (and the start of a new one) it seems almost impossible to avoid 'Top 10' fever.  This is a fever that spreads to movie and gossip sites and can include everything from 'The Top 10 Worst Movies of 2010' to 'The Best YouTube Parodies'.  Don't lie.  We all love these lists.  It's why websites keep doing them.  And it's why I finally broke down this year and decided it was high time we do one of these for The Cult.

Our list will be a Top 5.  And I'm going to break it up into two categories.

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Join Our Official Book Club! - January Discussion "Invisible" by Paul Auster

Join Our Official Book Club! - January Discussion "Invisible" by Paul Auster

You know the drill, folks.  Every month a new book is selected and a new moderator steps up to lead the discussion.  This month, we will be reading and discussing Invisible by Paul AusterThis month's discussion is being led by Timberly AKA littlemisscrapey.

From the back cover:

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights to the Left Bank of Paris to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as “one of America’s most spectacularly inventive writers.”

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