Finding Your Sweet Spot as a Writer

Aaron Sorkin teaches an online course about screenwriting, offered through the MasterClass company, which I just completed. (Last spring I took another MasterClass course, that one taught by scriptwriter and director David Mamet, and found it worthwhile.) Even if you don’t know who Aaron Sorkin is you will be familiar with […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#585)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#584)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#583)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#582)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Fairy Tales, Russian Style

At the same time as I was writing the recent blog essay about older artists, I was meeting for the first time a 79-year-old Russian writer, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, through the pages of her short story collection There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Babies (U.S. publication 2009). If that […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#581)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »