The award-winning fiction writer Thom Atkinson was the latest special guest for the “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcast. The recording offered Jeff the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend: “Thom and I have a special aesthetic kinship and artistic sense of collaboration, because our friendship goes back to the late 1970s, when we both studied at the University of Cincinnati. Our late professor, mentor, and writer extraordinaire, Dallas Wiebe, taught both of us so much, and his influence helped carry us through so much of our writing lives. Thom chats about his work and reads excerpts in this interview.” Share your thoughts about this podcast in the blog comments below. Check back regularly for future “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcasts. Also, please consider subscribing to this podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. You may also rate it on iTunes and other platforms. We’d love to hear your feedback.
On Saturday, June 30, at the Main Library, the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence Jeffrey Hillard led a “Short Story Workshop” to help aspiring writers hone their craft and enrich their short fiction. The workshop involved a group reading of Lucia Berlin’s story “My Jockey;” helpful pointers on character development, dialogue, secondary patterns; and insider tips to help writers think about their work in a different way. In addition, the workshop included a curated list of reading recommendations selected by Jeffrey because of their “expert use of short fiction elements, techniques and moments.” For more tips, Jeffrey’s presentation, which has loads of useful suggestions, has been posted to SlideShare.