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Donald Farber on the Legacy of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt belonged to the world
Joshua Chaplinsky
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Warren Zevon probably didn't have Kurt Vonnegut in mind when he coined the phrase, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Because even though he's no longer with us, the influential writer continues to work as hard as any living author. At least that's the way it seems.

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Chuck Palahniuk's 1 Hour Speech at the Grub Street Writer's Conference

Somehow, this video got past us.  It's a one hour speech Chuck gave at Grub Street's writer's conference last May of 2010. This was a non-public event that actually kicked off Chuck's Tell-All tour that year.

Props to our own Mark Vanderpool for finding this one on Vimeo.

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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.

Film Makers
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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: