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"Meg Pokrass writes like a brain looking for a body. Wonderful, dark, unforgiving." — Frederick Barthelme

New Landscapes

Read “The Benefits of Krill Oil” at Nottingham Review. Write a story in which a character or characters don’t like what they see is changing all around them.

Mixed Reliability Soup

Read “Bike Michanic” in Spelk. Write your own “soup” story out of unreliable information, creating a story that makes little logical sense but which makes perfect emotional sense. One way to approach this kind of story is to let the truth seep out in little drips.

Grief as Seen From Below

Read “Stranded Sea Mammals” in Jellyfish Review. Then, write your ownstory about grief, but don’t write about it directly. Write about grief as seen from above or below, or from behind a camera or a safe window.

Warped Success Story

Read “The Big Sleep” in Electric Literature. Then, write your own warped “success story”. Have a lot of fun with this one!

Humps and Bumps

Write a story in which something psychological becomes physical. As an example, read my story “Dowager’s Hump” in Litro. Don’t shy away from making this comic. Tragic situations often appear absurd. This story appears in my new collectioni “Alligators At Night”