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Chekhov’s Principles

December 3rd 2014

PETER JORDAN profiles the life and writing of Anton Chekhov: ‘…no writer gets closer to articulating the human condition. It took me a long time to understand what he was doing, I still don’t fully understand, I simply know that when reading his work I feel some emotional shift…’

Kaleidoscope Storytelling

September 17th 2014

ALEX RUCZAJ explores the shapes and patterns of story writing: ‘In Kurt Vonnegut’s wonderful lecture on the shapes of stories, he draws curve after curve on his blackboard, showing the story arc – the ‘beautiful shapes’ that all traditional stories follow…’

Anton Chekhov’s ‘New Year Martyrs’

December 18th 2013

In a special festive post, we bring you Anton Chekhov’s short story ‘New Year Martyrs’: ’”Happy New Year, Happy New Year…” he mumbles, staring blankly at the ceiling and breathing heavily…’

The Exclamation Mark

March 4th 2013

In his essay, DAN POWELL recommends Anton Chekhov’s short story collection The Exclamation Mark, and discusses how the playful stories take us on a journey of a writer finding his voice.

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