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Shelly Lowenkopf

Writer, teacher, editor, mentor, workshop leader, and social commentator.

Shelly Lowenkopf, a world-class writer and editor in his own right, has also taught writing for years in university programs, writers conferences, and every venue where writers gather to learn.

In his home city of Santa Barbara, he may be best known for the Lion's Den, a weekly workshop for writers, through which he and Leonard Tourney have mentored innumerable authors from first steps through successful publication.

In addition to his contributions appearing in Ink Byte, you can read Shelly's words on his blog, at http://www.lowenkopf.com/.

Shelly is also the Faculty Advisor for USC's Southern California Review.

Articles by Shelly Lowenkopf

Ozark Noir August 28, 2011 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Shelly's appreciation of his top pick for the novelist who should be, but probably is not, on everyone's list of favorites. Can you guess? (complete article...)



What Do "They" Want? April 27, 2010 (By Shelly Lowenkopf) They're back. You know, "Them", the bane of all honest toilers in the fields of words. Shelly explains who "they" are and how to deal with "them"... or is it "us"... or "you"? (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 12 April 15, 2009 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly looks at Schadenfreude. (complete article...)



Ketchup August 22, 2008 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Ever wondered how words are like ketchup? You haven't? How about a clue? It has nothing to do with the red sauce being America's favorite vegetable. Shelly Lowenkopf shares his insights, culinary and literary. (complete article...)



Ten Political Novels July 1, 2008 (Shelly Lowenkopf) It's that time: the political season is upon us and the politicians are out-doing the writers' of fiction with their creative interpretations of reality. Shelly has compiled this selection of political novels for those who want to read more about everyone's favorite sport. (complete article...)



The Physics of Story June 4, 2008 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Tired of show, don't tell? Ready for a fresh look at the art of fiction? Shelly Lowenkopf gives us the following exposition of the laws of fiction as Isaac Newton might have laid them out. [Can Special & General Relativity of Fiction be far behind? -- Editor] (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 11 May 11, 2008 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly looks at Action, Agenda and Ambiguity. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 10 September 8, 2007 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly looks at the act as an organizing principal. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 9 May 16, 2007 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly looks at Opening Velocity, and Detail. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 8 April 5, 2007 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly examines that oft-heard protest against literary criticism, "But it really happened that way." The truth is that fiction is held to a higher standard than reality! (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 7 January 20, 2007 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly examines prototypical protagonist Sherlock Holmes and his ever-present confidante, Dr. Watson, as two more literary patterns you should understand. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 6 October 23, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly examines two more literary terms you should understand, the infamous "Pathetic Fallacy," and the "Stress Mouse." These will help you do your best writing and allow you to confound agents, publishers, and other book people over cocktails. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 5 September 17, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly examines two more terms you should understand, "habit words," and "Schrodinger's Cat." These will help you do your best writing and will confound agents, publishers, and other book people over cocktails. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 4 July 24, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this installment Shelly examines three more terms you'll need if you're to give as well as you take while drinking cocktails with agents, publishers, and other book people. (complete article...)



Coming to Terms: Words You'll Hear At Writers Conferences June 18, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf and Stu Miller) Two masters of the literary game share some terms of the special language you'll hear spoken in the hallways of writers conferences. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 3 April 4, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this article Shelly examines the "choking Doberman." (complete article...)



Offense Will Be Taken: An Inquiry Into the Use of the Adverb, the Adjective, and the Passive Voice March 28, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) One of the great joys inherent in the American version of the English language is its relaxed policy at the borders. We may be uptight in the matter of immigration, but we require no green cards when it comes to providing homes and work papers for words, phrases, and concepts from other languages. (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 2 March 20, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Another in a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this article Shelly examines "arc." (complete article...)



The Fiction Toolkit, Part 1 March 1, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) The first of a series of excerpts from Shelly Lowenkopf's forthcoming book, The Fiction Writer's Tool Kit: Terms, Concepts, and Devices for Building a Better Story. In this article Shelly examines "voice," and a certain well known patron saint. (complete article...)



The Poe Challenge February 13, 2006 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Shelly Lowenkopf explains why if you write short stories (or read them) you should care about a book review written 164 year ago by Edgar Allen Poe. After considering Shelly's perspective, you can read Poe's original: we provide a link to the online text. (complete article...)



Multitasking 101 December 27, 2005 (Shelly Lowenkopf) "The secret of getting ahead," Mark Twain tells us, "is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." (complete article...)



The Writers' Reference Shelf October 24, 2005 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Somewhere within handy reach of the professional writer's principal work station lurks that eclectic and notional assortment of books, guides, and assemblages euphemistically known as The Reference Shelf. (complete article...)



Starbucks: Bruhaha, or Brew Ha, Ha October 7, 2005 (Shelly Lowenkopf) Shelly Lowenkopf, raconteur, writer, editor, and man-about-the-literary-town, offers his opinions on Santa Barbara coffee houses: those things you wish somebody would say to the establishments who flunk the quality test. We report, you decide. (complete article...)