Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MFA Greensboro Alum Interviewed at "The Urban Muse"

5 Q's with George Singleton
Monday, March 23, 2009

George Singleton is the author of Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom and Cautionary Advice for Writers. In addition to publishing four collections of stories, he has contributed short stories to The Atlantic Monthly, Glimmer Train, North American Review, Fiction International, Epoch, Esquire.com, and many other places. George and I discussed fiction writing as well as his favorite authors.

Urban Muse: You've taught writing, so what mistakes do you notice other writers making?
George: In the short story, it’s always spending way too much time on the setting for the first, oh, ten pages, before getting to the conflict. With some younger writers it’s not having a g on their keyboard, so everyone’s spittin’, cussin’, hopin’, and prayin’--even the omniscient third-person narrator. For writers wishing to get published now, it might be good to stay away from trick O.Henry-type endings.

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