Author Archives: Mark Guerin

About Mark Guerin

Mark Guerin is a 2014 graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program. An award-winning poet in college, he shifted to playwriting in the 80's where he developed plays at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop (a Grub Street for playwrights). He's won an Illinois Arts Council Grant and has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University. His debut novel, You Can See More From Up Here, was published by Golden Antelope Press in October, 2019. Mark lives in Harpswell, ME, with his wife, Carol, and two Brittany Spaniels. To reach Mark Guerin, email him at

Useful Metaphors

‘Kill your darlings,’ the writing teacher’s commandment for which this site is named, is a most useful and robust metaphor. It doesn’t just tell writers to mistrust themselves when they become especially enamored of a bit of their writing, but…