Author Archives: James Goldberg

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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