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The official website of Gint Aras, Finalist 2016 CWA Book Award

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Take my Prose Writing Workshop, 2018

Following the super-successful writing course that occurred last year, I’m teaching another prose writing workshop this spring. This time I’m changing a few things around, including the time of the week and venue. I’m excited about the details:

The Gint Aras Prose Writing Workshop
Wednesdays, April 4-May 23, 7:00-8:30
L!ive Cafe and Creative space
163 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
Cost: $395

Interested parties should register quickly. Last year’s workshop slots filled in after only a week. The way you register is by sending me the tuition via PayPal. The first eight people to send me tuition and their names will be registered. Because there are limited slots, and because I need to get organized, all registration purchases are final.

The prose workshop will also feature a reading and presentation of our works, held right at L!ve Cafe. The reading preparation will include coaching in public presentation skills, reading practice, pacing and contact with the audience.

If you’re stumbling on this blog for the first time,  you can learn more about me here.

My workshop is not based on any expectation I have of what writing “should be” or any aesthetic I favor. Instead, I use a method that asks writers to consider their goals and what methods or techniques best help achieve them. While I write literary fiction and essays myself, I’m a hungry reader and have plenty of experience with genre fiction, memoir, philosophy, etc. The only limitation is that participants write in prose. I will not offer commentary on poetry.

A word about L!ve cafe:

We’re renting the space after hours, which means the whole cafe is entirely ours! This includes the services of a barista who will serve amazing coffee, tea and food. L!ve Cafe is conveniently located steps from the Green Line (Oak Park Station) in beautiful Oak Park.

If you have any questions, please email me.



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Tribes with the best wife materials

So…somebody stumbled onto Liquid Ink by accident after searching for the words sex kilba. Seeing this, how could I not run my own search? If you run the search as a single phrase, the results are rather different and arguably a better use of one’s time on the internet.

Mind you, someone *really* must have been wild for sex and kilba to stumble onto Liquid Ink, as you’ve *really* got to scroll down to get to my website.

When I’m next asked what was unexpected about the reception of my novel, I’ll have to talk about tribes with the best wife materials.

For those who don’t know, Kilba is a character from The Fugue, a priest who plays an important role in the fate of Yuri, the metals sculptor. To date, two people have told me Kilba is their favorite character. Never in their wildest dreams would they have associated the old priest with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, or with food and sex so good it will trap you forever.


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The “secret weapon” of marketing

Hint: it’s no secret.

Here’s a great video I’m going to use in my class this summer to make a point about argumentation and persuasion. This woman’s job is to make the British and Canadian public buy food raised in factory farms. She reveals her methods, all of them obvious yet, for most of us, shocking: