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On Building Believable Characters in Fiction

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Before I picked up a copy of Offshore last month, it had been years since I read Penelope Fitzgerald, a British author who didn’t start writing until she was in her sixties. But the characters in this Booker Prize-winning novel caught my attention and I soon became completely emerged

A Second Free Ploughshares Solo for Your Summer Reading

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To help you bulk up your reading list this summer, we’re offering you a selection of our Ploughshares Solos free your Kindle (or Kindle app) for the first five days of the month. Last month we offered you a free copy of Gina Ochsner’s story “Pleased to Be Otherwise,”

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1997

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Issue: Spring 1997 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Mary Stone Dockery. Enjoy! In the Spring 1997 issue of Ploughshares,

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Winter 2007

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Review: Winter 2007 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Joel Ferdon. Enjoy! In 2007 I watched my brother get married

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Winter 2000

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Issue: Winter 2000 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Julie Nilson. Enjoy! Like many, I discovered Sherman Alexie through the

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1991

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Issue: Spring 1991 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Anna Zink. Enjoy! I’ve been picking up Ploughshares‘ Works-in-Progress issue on

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1990

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Issue: Spring 1990 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Andrew David King. Enjoy! The Future Then, the Past Now: Considering

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Winter 1995-1996

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Issue: Winter 1995/1996 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by A.J. Kandathil. Enjoy! As a writer who recently finished an MFA program,

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Winter 1983

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Issue: Winter 1983 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Stephanie Rogers. Enjoy! Time and Timelessness In 1983, President Obama and

“Free Ploughshares” Review: Spring 1988

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Issue: Spring 1988 This is a review of a back issue of Ploughshares. The author won our “Free Ploughshares” contest that we hosted earlier this year and agreed to review his/her free issue. This post was written by Bonnie B. Lee. Enjoy! The Spring 1988 issue edited by Maxine