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Category Archives: Columns

Female Archetypes in Greek Mythology

by Suz Thackston


Archetypes have a bad reputation. They’re two-dimensional. They’re limiting. They’re predictable. And when it comes to myths, especially myths as ubiquitous as Greek myths, they’re so deeply embedded into our collective consciousness that they have become cartoonish and stereotypical. They can for sure be all of these things. Getting locked into a stereotype is a […]


The Cave, Rey, and the Self-Made Heroine*

by Tracy Townsend


(*contains multiple spoilers for The Last Jedi) For a certain sort of fan, no return to the Star Wars cinematic universe could satisfy expectations. Their perfect text would have to be a recognizable cog in the larger Lucas-founded universe, narratively indebted to its predecessors and moving smoothly within it. And yet, it would also need […]



On The Books: Writing About Real People

by Jacqui Lipton


This month I wanted to talk a little bit about incorporating real people, or a character who is a pastiche of multiple real people, into your work. This is a question often faced by writers of memoir and historical fiction in particular, but many other writers will wonder at some point in some project or […]


The Girl Who Will Save Us: Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale”

by Jan Stinchcomb


I’ve been waiting all my life for a truly satisfying retelling of my all-time favorite fairy tale, “Vasilisa the Wise,” and Katherine Arden has delivered it in a novel that combines history, fantasy, and folk magic. The Bear and the Nightingale brings Vasilisa, here called Vasya, into contact with Morozko, Russian folklore’s brutal Winter King. […]


Spinning

by Cathrin Hagey


“My daughter can spin straw into gold.” The miller’s boast captures a king’s interest and the innocent, ordinary girl must do the impossible—or die. “Rumpelstiltskin,” as told by the Grimms in 1812, is a familiar story whose origins go back hundreds of years. In variants, such as the British “Tom Tit Tot,” the daughter spins […]



El, Magwitch, and All of Us

by Tiffany Levin


Death and taxes – Benjamin Franklin said nothing in this world is as certain as these. What about our mortality? Could we then say that nothing is really to be as certain as death and food? The primal need of daily sustenance is what makes all things living and breathing, the same. Hence, when Chief […]