Category - Writers’ Room

Prompts Suzette Mayr

Character in Detail, with Suzette Mayr

How do you develop character through detail? I think it’s so interesting how different writers use detail differently in order to convey character. Ernest Hemingway in a short story like “Hills Like White Elephants” portrays the two main characters almost entirely through dialogue, and...

Rachna Contractor Writers’ Room

Eight Tips for Writing a Thorough Book Review

by Rachna Contractor As reviews editor I receive many inquiries about how to write a book review; here’s a list of eight tips which I presented at the Plenitude magazine co-sponsored Queer Night of the Brockton Writers Series in July 2016. If you have more suggestions or questions feel free to...

Jes Battis The Query Project Writers’ Room

Jes Battis, Regina

Lizards and Brokenhearts: Reading in the Teenage Wasteland As a teenager, I was terrified of the letters HQ. That was the call number given to gay literature at the public library, with its murky koi pond and drug dealing after dark. I’ve since come to love those two letters in tandem—a few of...

Marcus McCann The Query Project

Marcus McCann, Toronto

How could it be otherwise? I can’t keep a copy of Stan Persky’s Buddy’s: Meditations on Desire in the house. I make the same mistake: lending it to lovers—should I even call it lending?—and then, once I come to my senses, buying a replacement copy for myself. Lather, rinse, repeat. I feel...

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