Hello! My next Episodia post focuses on “Parks and Recreation” and the importance of place. Small towns and cities have narrative arcs, too.
People both reflect and defy the places they are from. It’s our job as writers to make place matter. What will you do with yours?
My latest Episodia post is dedicated to one of my favorite television shows, “Mad Men,” and the art of the hidden narrator. What is Mad Men’s Tell-Tale Heart? Find out here:
The Shepherd. The Hunter. The Screw-Up. What kinds of characters tend to appear in our favorite TV shows, and how does a show like “House of Cards” reinvent them? My thoughts on survival archetypes for Ploughshares:
My latest Episodia post for Ploughshares is now live! Here are my thoughts on writing silence, zombies, and lonely hearts. Enjoy!
I’m thrilled to announce that in 2013, I will be a regular blogger for the lit mag Ploughshares. My series is titled “Episodia: Craft Lessons from Scripted Television,” and each post explores what writers can learn from the writers of hit shows like “30 Rock,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men,” and more.
My first post was “Making Comedy and Paper with Liz Lemon.” Check it out here:
My latest post is “Dissecting the Downton Craze,” which can be found here:
Stay tuned for my next post, which will go live on March 13th. As always, thanks for reading!
Hello! I’m honored to have a short excerpt of my memoir published this month in Hippocampus Magazine. Titled “Appalachian Vanity Fair,” the piece plays out in a high school gymnasium. Picture William Makepeace Thackeray with pom-poms, and enjoy: