Category: Writing

  • Subject Position as Craft Tool: An Investigation

    Subject Position as Craft Tool: An Investigation

    Thanks to Fiction Writers Review for publishing a version of my MFA degree essay. This (writing craft) essay examines the novella “Blessed Assurance”, by Allan Gurganus; the novel Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee; and the short story “Brownies”, by ZZ Packer. I use subject position as a tool for thinking about how writers deal with privilege […]

  • Fact, fiction … and truth

    Fact, fiction … and truth

    History, it seemed, disagreed about the sky. ‘Many guests especially recalled the beautiful moon that shone that evening,’ Chapter Five of Lincoln in the Bardo begins. ‘There was no moon that night and the sky was heavy with clouds,’ it says later. ‘The guests began to depart as the full yellow moon hung among the […]

  • The pen is mightier than the horizon

    Pleased to have a post on the Allen & Unwin blog this month, talking about the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course I did with Carrie Tiffany. You can read the full piece here.