Flash Fiction Class—Keep It Brief Starts Soon!

I only teach this class ONCE a year, and it starts on Monday. Stuck at home? Bored? Scared to go outside? Want to work on your craft? This is the class for you. Flash fiction is like in cooking when you reduce a sauce—all of the flavor, none of the waste. Sign up now!

TESTIMONIALS

“My experience in Richard’s week/long workshop was one hundred percent worth it. Before taking this class, I felt ill-equipped to write those sweet 1,500-5,000 word stories, but that has all changed. Richard teaches a concise method for crafting and developing stories in this word range, and his insight is well worth the tuition price.” —Chris S.

“This class was a week-long shotgun blast to the face of ultimate fiction crafting. He walks you through a story idea, from a bare-bones concept to polished, submittable story. His attention to the discussion boards and our own invidual needs was top notch. This class elevated my chops to a new level. You can’t beat this combination of low-cost and superior instruction.” —Doug B.

“Richard is a tireless and dedicated teacher. Regardless of class size, every lesson feels like a one-on-one meeting with an expert on craft. Every time I’ve worked with him, I’ve moved my writing up a level.” —Sarah R.

“Richard has a keen eye for the little details that make a story work as well as for the bigger picture that brings together the plot. His professional demeanor and kind manner make working with him a real pleasure. He catches the things that most writers miss, and that’s a real gift.” —Bryan H.

“I have contracted Richard to edit several short stories, and have found that his ability as an editor is a direct reflection of his resume as a writer—impressive to say the very least. I have found his editing to be of tremendous value, and would recommend his services to any emerging writer.” —Nicholas M.

“Go ahead and write the best damn story you can. Edit tirelessly for weeks on end. Have your writer friends critique it and their writer friends, too. Then go back and write that perfect final draft. But I bet that even after all that, give it to Richard Thomas and he’ll still find redundancies, misplaced modifiers, dangling participles, plot holes—you name it. What I’m saying is if you want to sharpen that latest draft, Richard is your man.” —Ryan S.

New Storyville Columns—UPDATE!

 

Boy, I’ve been bad about updating my Storyville columns. So, here is an update, all of the new columns in one list. Enjoy!

Storyville 19 Happy Not Sappy
Storyville 20 Where To Submit Your Stories
Storyville 21 My 10 Favorite Short Stories
Storyville 22 Writing Dialogue
Storyville 23 Best American Short Stories—Resource
Storyville 24 Breaking Hearts
Storyville 25 Top Ten Things Literary Publications Need to Do NOW
Storyville 26 The Grotesque
Storyville 27 Dissecting “Fireflies”
Storyville 28 Avoiding Cliches and Stereotypes
Storyville 29 20 Things I’ve Learned About Writing
Storyville 30 Why Write Short Stories
Storyville 31 10 Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets
Storyville 32 Growing Your Brand
Storyville 33 Putting Together a Short Story Collection
Storyville 34 When Is a Story Done?
Storyville 35 Best Books in Every Major Genre
Storyville 36 What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

My book review of 11/22/63 by Stephen King is now live at Lit Reactor

My review of 11/22/63 is now live at LitReactor and I think it’s Stephen King’s best book in awhile. You don’t have to be a fan of JFK and/or conspiracy theories in order to dig this book. And the time travel aspects are certainly a part of this story, but really, it’s the way that King creates the communities that he builds, develops his characters, and shows us how our decisions effect our futures (and the futures of those around us) that make this his best book in a long time. Read the full review for more information.

Second Storyville column is up at Lit Reactor

My second column is now up at Litreactor.com, and it talks about how to write a cover letter, your bio, and the ways that you can stand out when you submit your stories to editors at magazines and journals around the world. Hope it helps you out a little bit. More columns and review to come.

New Column – Storyville up at Litreactor.com

Litreactor.com has launched, and man is this site taking off. It’s an offshoot of The Cult, taking all of the publishing, craft, and literature conversations as well as workshops, classes, lectures, reviews and columns away from what was essentially the Chuck Palahniuk fan club, and moving it all to a new base.

I’m thrilled that I will be writing a column, called Storyville, and my first column is now up, about Finding Your Voice. I’ll have a column every month, maybe more often. I’ll also do book reviews now and then, and maybe some interviews sporadically as well.

The people in charge of this, Kirk Clawes, Dennis Widmyer, Joshua Chaplinsky, Mark Vanderpool and Phil Jourdan, they’re amazing people, very hard working, and so smart. I’m honored to be a part of it. And the writers? Wow, where to even start, so much talent joining me, Brandon Tietz, Erin Reel, Keith Rawson, Kasey Carpenter, Rob W. Hart, really you just need to head over and check it all out. So much to absorb.