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Monday, 17 June will be a Day of Writing and Publishing. That's an event organized by the Expanded Field Journal where I get to talk about my own creative writing as well as the teaching of that craft.

Teaching turns out to deliver all sorts of benefits. This speaking gig, for one. For another, the inspiration for this week's blog post. It started with a question in class about how to write dialogue. I'm sorry to say, I flubbed the answer. But I want to make amends so I did my homework. There's a lot of guidance out there on what makes dialogue good and what bad dialogue looks like. Here's my take on that topic: Talk to Me.

While pulling together this blog post, I was helped tremendously by the fact that I was reading William Trevor. He's a favorite writer of Yiyun Li's so when I got the chance to review his collection Last Stories, I jumped on it. Here's my review: Quiet Desperation.

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Dead Men Walking
Cultural Revolution 2.0
The Accidental Reviewer

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