Suspend Your Disbelief

JT Torres


JT Torres is the co-author of Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance: Performing the Entangled Histories of Cuba and West Africa and the author of Taking Flight. JT has an MFA in Fiction from Georgia College & State University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. His research into the relationship between writing, storytelling, and identity has been published in academic journals like InTensions, Anthropology and Humanism, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Creative Approaches to Research. His fiction and creative nonfiction appeared in Gateway ReviewThe Broken PlateBest Food Writing, and Litpub. JT is an editor for and teaches writing at Quinnipiac University.


Shop Talk |

How to Squeeze a Story Out of the Soul; Or, How to Squeeze the Soul Out of a Story

Something I often heard in my experience as an MFA student was that one should write “painfully slow,” making every sentence count by tinkering with each word before moving on to the next one. In short: the story stalls, or never soars. The sentence is god. Typically, creative writing courses focus on the language of scene, character, plot, and dialogue the way we learn the parts of speech. This is the predicate; it should follow the subject sounds incredibly similar to This is the denouement; it should follow the climax. Even at the graduate level, workshops expend their energy with […]

Interviews |

The Truth About Fiction: An Interview with Peter Selgin

Peter Selgin’s debut novel, Life Goes to the Movies, is based in large part on his experiences growing up in New York in the 1970s. JT Torres talks to the author about bringing fact to fiction, strategies for the revision process, why identity is so important in his work, and more. Following the interview is an exclusive excerpt from Selgin’s novel-in-progress, Hattertown.