“It’s really not the writing that takes me a long time; it’s the ideation, and the underlying architecture that has to feel solid before I can even start cloaking it in words.”
“Writing has become for me a type of meditation, that hour or two that I spend in the mornings every day. I wouldn’t want to give that up even if I couldn’t publish books or I had never sold my book.”
In her debut novel, Vaddey Ratner looks to her personal memories about fleeing the Khmer Rouge and to creative spirit as an artist to honor the lives of the fallen.
The novelist talks about developing character, crafting stories and the passion necessary for both.
Poet Dana Gioia explains his approach to making work stronger and richer.
Novelist Samhita Arni has a simple style, but her method is every bit as deliberate as the original writers of the myths she revisits.
Poet Richard Blanco shared the stage with President Barack Obama on inauguration day. He’s hoping poetry will find its way from the Capitol steps back into daily life.
Novelist Susanna Moore confronts topics that make readers shiver while firing up their imaginations.
A master of the essay form offers advice about grappling with words.
“The first draft is like throwing a hunk of clay onto the wheel. It’s literally getting down the raw material, and revision is my way of going back to shape something from that.”