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Gaiutra Bahadur: How I Write

As Bahadur, a journalist, set out to discover the lost story of her ancestry, she realized her great-grandmother’s narrative was not unique; it was “emblematic.”

By Hillary Casavant | Published: November 22, 2013

Jesmyn Ward: Structure and Memoir

Ward found out the hard way that writing memoir is a very different experience from creating fiction, and that it is something she’ll never attempt again. Memoirists and novelists alike will find something of value in Ward’s thoughts on her latest work.

By Megan Kaplon | Published: October 29, 2013

Nancy K. Miller: How I Write

“I wanted to smoke in a left Bank café,” Miller says. “I wanted to be sophisticated and daring, nothing like my nice-Jewish-girl self and her nice Jewish parents from whom I longed to escape.” What she found in Paris, however, was a deeper connection to her parents – and a sense that liberté may lie elsewhere.

By Alicia Anstead | Published: October 29, 2013

Hale verbs well met

Paying close attention to verbs can enliven writing. Writer and editor Constance Hale explains the vex, hex, smash and smooch of language’s punchiest words.

By Elfrieda Abbe | Published: December 20, 2012

Set your writing free

A writer offers an entertaining look at confronting and conquering the demons that hinder your creativity.

By Craig English | Published: October 1, 2012

25 tips to sharpen your writing

Want to learn some ways to strengthen, energize, clarify and trim your works? Here are a few tricks of the trade from a Writer editor

By Ronald Kovach | Published: June 12, 2012