Wikipedia Becomes a Class Assignment

Jessica Mintz writes of University of Washington-Bothell professor Martha Groom’s Wikipedia assignment: “I would find these things on Wikipedia,” she said, and would think, “Gosh, this is awfully thin here. I wonder if my students could fill this in?” Wikipedia has been vilified as a petri dish for misinformation, and the variable accuracy of its articles is a point Groom readily concedes. Since the advent of the Web, she said,…

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Little things mean a lot in writing horror

Kate Luce Angell writes an entertaining feature on my next-door officemate and his work in Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction MA program. Award-winning author and Seton Hill University professor Michael Arnzen demonstrates that in horror, as in life, it’s often the little things that matter most. Take his short-short piece “Nightmare Job #3,” which begins “Wanted: Town Sewage Treatment is now hiring expert diver.” It’s only 100 words, so brief…