I love Chekhov. I could go on all day about him.
You don't teach information in a writing workshop.
We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.
The short story, on the other hand, is the perfect American form.
The reader really has to step up to the plate and read a short story.
One of the last courses I taught was on the Russian short story, which I love.
Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order.
Work for most people is really very social, and the actual thinking is often done in community.
Like so many writers I started writing stories because I didn't have much time for anything else.
Memory is funny. Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember but how to control the flow.