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Flipbook: "Short Stories"


Every few weeks, we launch a new Fiction Writers Review “Flipbook.” During the past two and a half years, we’ve featured more than 50 interviews with authors established and emerging. They’ve had such valuable insights into the writing life—from thoughts on process and craft to ideas about community and influence—that we wanted to find a way to further these conversations within our community. Each Flipbook highlights some of the very best of the conversations on our site, centered around a particular topic.

Our latest Flipbook is now up on the FWR Facebook page, with an exclusive slide right here on the blog.

This Flipbook’s theme is “Short Stories,” featuring reflections from Benjamin Percy, Janice Eidus, Michael Czyzniejewski, Nami Mun, and Allison Amend. Flip through, share with your friends and fellow writers, and most of all, enjoy!

We’re also hoping that you’ll add your voice. Let us know how you approach research for a new project, or pass on favorite quotes from writers on the subject.

Here’s an exclusive slide from Valerie Laken. Head over to our Facebook page for the rest of this album.

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[Click here for the rest of the “Short Stories” Flipbook!]

Valerie Laken is the author of a novel, Dream House, and a story collection, Separate Kingdoms. Dream House received the Anne Powers Award, from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Kirkus Review. Her work has appeared in such places as Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Writer, and The Chicago Tribune. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, two Hopwood Awards, a Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, and an honorable mention in the Best American Short Stories. A graduate of the Michigan MFA program, she now teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

The full interview containing this excerpted flipbook page was originally published at Fiction Writers Review and can be read by clicking here: Interview with Valerie Laken.

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