Author Archives: James Goldberg

2013 Everyday Mormon Writer Events

It’s a new year, and that means a new set of contests (and a class) through Everyday Mormon Writer. We’ll be holding a second Mormon Lit Blitz, a master class devoted to issues in Mormon writing, and a contest for … Continue reading

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Getting It Wrong

Writers spend a lot of time trying to get things right. We typically want our characters to behave in ways consistent with human nature, with their cultural context, and with their values. We want our plots to be at least … Continue reading

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A Mormon Writing Master Class?

In July, I wrote about my experience at Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. The short version is: it’s one week of awesome. Card’s instruction is great for sharpening skills of invention, arrangement, and style in your fiction. He’s also … Continue reading

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Four Centuries Contest Discussion: “Little Karl”

The first finalist in Everyday Mormon Writer‘s “Four Centuries of Mormon Stories” contest is Melissa Leilani Larson’s “Little Karl,”which is based on real events in Larson’s family history. Because the stories are relatively short and publicly accessible, this contest gives … Continue reading

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I’m ready for a party. Let’s have two.

We talk about Mormon Literature a lot on this blog–what with it being the blog topic and all. But it’s time we did more than talk. Friends, it is time to step up. And celebrate.

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Four Centuries Contest Deadline Reminder

Reminder: the deadline for the “Four Centuries of Mormon Stories” contest is tonight at midnight. Email entries under 2,000 words (under 1,000 preferred) to everydaymormonwriter@gmail.com. A final, brief Q&A on the contest:

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Four Centuries Contest: Some Stats & Final Brainstorming

This month I couldn’t decide whether to write about the contest or about how my 2012 AML Presentation informed my soon-to-be-available book. So I posted both, and will let you take your pick. Days left until the Sept 24th deadline: … Continue reading

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The Afterlife of an AML Conference Presentation

This month I couldn’t decide whether to write about the Four Centuries of Mormon Stories Contest or about how my 2012 AML Presentation informed my soon-to-be-available book. So I posted both, and will let you take your pick. In 2010, … Continue reading

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In Defense of Grumpiness: A Review of “Brothers,” “Quietly,” and A Roof Overhead

Update 18 Aug 2012: In the comments, Mahonri Stewart responds to my critiques of his piece. In the interest of fairness, I encourage anyone who reads this review to also take a look at his comments. I happen to agree … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp

Three weeks ago, I was in Greensboro, North Carolina at Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. I had some excellent teachers while earning my MFA at BYU, but I learned more in six days at Boot Camp than I did … Continue reading

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