Teaching Writing

Italo Calvino and Learning from Experimental Fiction

Recently, my students at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong Joint Institute are reading and studying the style of Italo Calvino in his Invisible Cities, and to say the least, they find it frustrating. This book, like many of his books, is hard to categorize and fails to be a novel in any traditional sense of the word. The climax is in the middle of the book, there are only two characters who never really develop Read more…

By Ryan Thorpe, ago
Teaching Writing

Aaron Sorkin and Writing Smart

            As I watch more and more movies, I think we expect less out of our movies. As Marvel has established the perfect formula for blockbusters, movie goers appear happy to keep spending their money to see similar stories again and again. For example, think of how close Dr. Strange is with Iron Man. Close to the same movie except magic takes the place of technology.             In this age of increased cinematic homogeny, I take comfort Read more…

By Ryan Thorpe, ago
Admin

A Start

Dear Writers and Readers, This new online literary journal, The Blue Tiger Review, is being started during the summer of 2018. This journal started out of a basic need: exceptional writers were being blocked from finding the audiences that they deserved. During my summer creative writing class, my second language writers were producing work that was different enough from the norm that it was having a hard time finding a place in traditional literary markets. Read more…

By Ryan Thorpe, ago