“I’m one of those people who was born wanting to tell stories.”
Although she has lived in New York City for most of her life, Elizabeth Strout looks to her home state of Maine for stories. Turns out, you can get there from here.
Colum McCann shares expertise on the necessity of plot, intensity of language and the grand paradox of success.
“The most important thing I’ve learned is to stay curious, to stay open to what the characters bring to the story – don’t be overly determined to control the story but rather let it evolve organically.”
While studying for her master’s degree at Stanford University, Alice Hoffman was approached by Ted Solotaroff, founder of American Review literary journal, and she quickly learned two cardinal rules of publication: Write often and write fast.
In a technological world, let us not forget that behind every virtuoso work is a human – and some sweat.
Mike Jung catapulted his career forward through social media. It helped that he was funny and talented.
“Each narrative you tell has to discover itself completely anew.”
“What is more important to me are the breaks I take during the day while writing.”
Creating narrative tension isn’t only about storytelling. It’s about the nuts and bolts that incrementally build a tale.