A list of contacts as long as your leg. An ability to copiously produce project after project after project. The ephemeral blessing of the muse. People chalk up writerly success to all sorts of factors. But no matter what particular blend of skill and circumstance propels scribblers to success, one commonality stands: They all know the fundamentals. And though a grasp of the basics is vital, the ironic thing is that they slip away without our noticing. Enter Jessica Anderson of The Bluestocking Society and her ten-week series "Literature 101," which may be just the thing you need if you haven't darkened the door of an English classroom for, say, a decade or more. Most recent posts include "10 Literary Concepts Every Reader Should Know" and "Genre."
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