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Subtext: Microscope

Posted Apr 20 2018

We’ve discussed the big picture for subtext. Now let’s shift the focus! A microscope is a tool that lets the viewer see, in great detail, things that are too small to be apparent to the naked eye. Similarly, micro subtexts are the tiny “tells” that subtly cue the reader to understand the things that aren’t […]

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Subtext: Building Macros

Posted Apr 8 2018

Every year, when I teach literature to my students, I encounter three types: The students who have been to this rodeo before. They know about symbolism and extended metaphor. They’re ready to explore further. “Sure, the rose is symbolic of her love for him, but by invoking the Blake poem, the author is also calling […]

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Getting to the End

Posted Mar 13 2018

We have all heard the famous saying, “A journey of sixty thousand words (give or take) begins with a vague idea, a blank .doc file, and a sheen of panic sweat.” Actually, I kid. For me, the first pages of a draft are the easy ones — the exciting moments where ideas are fizzing, but […]

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Image-ination

Posted Jan 26 2018

Hi, it’s your VP of Communications, back from the busy for a new post. Tara Settembre’s presentation at the January meeting was an amazing dive into the ins and outs of social media — especially considering how the field continues to change. One highlight of her talk was how image-driven social media is. But where […]

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Happy New Year!

Posted Jan 1 2018

Best wishes to all our members for a happy, healthy, creative, and prosperous 2018!  

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