Reflecting on the life of innovative fiction writers in the rural backwoods.
is my article at Writing World on moving past the usual method of creating plot on problems, and why we might want to do that. It's a Lucid Fiction style innovation.
http://www.teachstreet.com/writing/articles/tantra-bensko/submitting-experimental-fiction-to-magazines/pb-5g741z4ao is an article at Teach Street, which I wrote about multiple facets of submitting Experimental Fiction to magazines. (Sorry about the awkard links. My new computer is not very smart about these things.)
I have three other Experimental Literature related articles up on that site as well. It is a portal for my Advanced Experimental Fiction Writing Class coming up Aug. 9th.
I'm featured at Unabashed Impropriety. http://amymunday.com/ Scroll down the page to see all the featured writers. I have to say, I learned through things related to the experience of being featured there how very much I do favor impropriety with writing, and publishing, as opposed to having to be politically correct for the sake of academic degrees or jobs.
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, which is where I teach Experimental Fiction Writing, won the 2010 “Outstanding Program Award” from the University of Continuing Education Association. See the director's article about this at http://www2.uclaextension.edu/writers/feature.php?recordID=139. This is exciting, and I believe it's well deserved.
( This picture is from Carol's house in San Francisco, where even the ceilings have paintings on them.) I miss San Francisco, and am looking forward to going back to live there, and seeing friends and family one day. But it's beautiful here in rural Alabama, where I can be alone (other than puppies) along a long trail along the creek, and where everything outside seems to be giving fruit or flower.
The FlameFlower Experimental Short Story Contest has ended, with a story I'm proud to say has won, by Juan C. Mendizabaland it will be posted when he writes his commentary.
My short story was chosen as the lastest Challenge winner at Lori Moritz's PunkPen. See my story at the site, with a powerful illustration by Hanz Moritz, HERE. Maybe try your hand at the next Challenge, and kick around the site. There are various discussions started for writers, and Lori is proficient at experimentation, herself.
One of my most thematically daring short stories, "Breaking the Seal," was accepted by Gone Lawn, which is expanding into a magazine, starting in August. Gone Lawn is a great site for anyone interested in Experimental Writing, a resource something like this one.
I was pleased to be contacted by Ariel Kalinowski about Experimental writing, and would like to draw your attention to the workshop in New York City focused on experiental, politically aware poetic speculative fiction. See and connect with the Invisible City Prose GROUP.