Archive for April, 2012

The Horrors and Hilarity of Meta: A Cabin in the Woods (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis I have always loved discovering films that make me feel smart.  Whether it’s a complicated thriller where I’m able to figure out the “twist” ending before it occurs or an overly academic art film where I get all the random references to Elizabethan playwrights, I love feeling slightly smarter than the other […]

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Unexpected Inspiration

We live in a crazy world. With all the demands for a nanosecond of our attention spans, it’s easy to tune out, shut down or narrow our focus. As writers, however, we have to open up. Open our eyes. Our ears. Our noses. Our hearts (Okay, not literally, please!). Stories are everywhere—from a walk in […]

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Where My Ideas Come From: Or Why My Family Runs And Hides When I Start A New Play.

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire, I won’t look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”  The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie.  Except for that line.  I hate that line.  Because I always wanted to go places, see […]


Writing as Instructive—for both me and the audience

Writing as Instructive—for both me and the audience Janet Burroway says—in Writing Fiction—that Fiction’s job is to state a problem correctly.  Not to solve the world’s problems, not to tell people the right answer; no, writing needs to point out something worth examining—a problem on some level—and suggest how the people detailed in the story […]


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Nightmares and Muses

By Jennie Jarvis When I was in my middle school years, I started having a recurring nightmare. There were black catwalks and pillars of flame. There was suffocating heat, and the rubber from the souls of my sneakers would melt, leaving strings of plastic on the grid below me as I walked. Occasionally, the world […]

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