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10 Calming your comma calamities A guide to when, where, and why to use grammar’s most reliable signpost. BY TONI FITZGERALD

16 Character inter-lands

A new way to develop the character ‘worksheet.’ BY ALISON ACHESON

20 The Snapshot Theory

The story outside your story is a story, too. BY JOSH SIPPIE


24 Add a little magic

Understanding the world of fantasy and its subgenres. BY KERRIE FLANAGAN

32 Class of COVID-19

First-time authors discuss the challenges of publishing during a global pandemic. BY THOMAS CALDER

Cover: Tithi Luadthong/Shutterstock

April 2021 Volume 134 Number 4

DEPARTMENTS 8 From the Front Lines

Read fat, write fat The long essay is the perfect container for all your thoughts. BY YI SHUN LAI 38 Literary Spotlight

Lilith BY MELISSA HART 40 Conference Insider


IN EVERY ISSUE 2 From the Editor 4 Take Note 42 Markets 47 Classified advertising 48 Gigi Will Know • The Writer | 1

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