52 Stories #7 – The Idiot President by By Daniel Alarcón

The Idiot President was published in The New Yorker in October 2008. Set in a recently war-ravaged South American nation, the story describes the two months a recent theatre school graduate spends with a traveling radical theatre group named Diciembre. After last time’s incident-packed short story, this one can be summed up really in a […]

Write This Now! – The Five Act Structure Questions

This exercise is adapted from John Yorke’s excellent book Into the Woods in which he discusses the five act structure and how it can be used manage a story’s tension and the development of its protagonist. It’s a great way of warding off the ‘saggy middle’ to which the more traditional three act structure can be prey. […]

52 Stories #4 – Sea Oak by George Saunders

This week, Sea Oak by George Saunders. You can find it in the collection Pastoralia or online at The Barcelona Review. They summoned me along with thirty or so other managers the day before the axe fell. At the head of the room stood a representative for the security department in a jolly primary coloured […]