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Man reading a book

Grounding Your Reader

One reader asked me to discuss a bit about what I call “grounding” the reader. Quite simply, grounding is the fine art of letting the reader know what is going on. You need to focus on some basics …

Man reading a book

What Makes a Story Great?

Recently I’ve had a number of my students ask, “What makes a story great?” For example, what sets apart a story that wins major awards from one that doesn’t? What makes one story monumental, a landmark in its field, while another story fades from memory?

Jake Marley on stage with the Golden Pen Award

Writing the Future: Thoughts on the Writers of the Future Contest

I can admit that when I first heard about the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, I was skeptical. On the surface it seemed too good to be true.

Jake Marley at the Writers Workshop 2017

Meet the winner – Jake Marley

riters of the Future alumni C Stuart Hardwick interviewed the winners from this year’s contest. Here’s his interview with Jake Marley, author of “Acquisition.”

Focus on Eric James Stone: Writers of the Future Vol 21 Winner

Eric James Stone is one of the few people who’ve managed to appear in two editions of the Writers of the Future anthology, putting “Memory” into Volume XX in 2004 as a published finalist, and “Betrayer of Trees” into Volume XXI in 2005 as a prizewinner.

David Farland speaking to several of the 2017 Writers of the Future winners: (l-r) Stephen Lawson, Ziporah Hildebrandt and Molly Atkins

Persistence

There is a myth among the general public that the greatest writers are born with uncanny innate talents that average folks dare not aspire to.

Mike Resnick

Q&A with Bestselling Author and Writers of the Future Judge, Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick has 5 Hugo Awards and has won numerous other awards from places as diverse as France, Japan, Spain, Croatia and Poland. He is also first on the Locus list of all-time award winners, living or dead, for short fiction, and fourth on the Locus list of science fiction’s all-time top award winners in all fiction categories. Here’s an interview with him.

David Farland talking to winners at the Writers of the Future Workshop

Why You Only Got an Honorable Mention

A while ago I promised to tell you why I reject good stories when I’m reading for Writers of the Future. So let’s talk about those stories that get an Honorable Mention.

Writer Winners - 1st Quarter

Writers of the Future 1st Quarter 2017 Winners

The Judging results are in! And here are the winners for the Writers of the Future 1st Quarter 2017

Ken Scholes

Focus on Ken Scholes: Writers of the Future Vol 22 Winner

In addition to his Writers of the Future Award for “Into the Blank Where Life Is Hurled” (published in volume XXI of the annual anthology), Ken Scholes’s fiction has won France’s Prix Imaginales and the Pacific Northwest’s Endeavour Award, among others.