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9 tips for quotes that sparkle
Good quotes from your sources can do a lot of heavy lifting in your articles and queries. Pick up some advice on how to get them.
Conference feedback and an authentic voice led the way to publication
Our writer beat the steep odds of getting published by a major New York publisher without an agent. Learn how she did it.
Finding my way back to the page
When words failed to provide their usual comfort amid her enormous loss, a writer found a new way to cope with grief.
Poet to Poet: Two French forms play with echoes
The clever challenge of the rondeau and triolet lies in crafting a line that bears repeating.
Great instincts: Interview with Colum McCann
Enjoying awards and a new level of recognition for Let the Great World Spin, novelist Colum McCann expands his use of multiple points of view.
Build extreme characters
Strengthen your fiction by putting contradictory, irreconcilable traits into the same person.
Make way for the new monster in town
Yes, werewolves have plenty of (sometimes messy) “issues,” but that makes them good material for writers, our thoroughly smitten author argues.
Debut novelists on what it takes
A panel of novelists explain their successful journeys to publication and what they learned along the way.
Prolific novelists on how it's done
We asked six writers to explain their incredible output. You may be interested in their answers.
The singular advantage of being a poet
Our poetic writer describes how little it takes to please him. Tongue in cheek, of course.
5 places to self-publish your e-book
Here’s a primer on what to expect from some of the leading venues.
Make bangin' sound effects
Choosing the right words—right down to their vowels and consonants—can help you convey emotion and purpose. This article may just open your ears.
2011 Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award: dear e.e. cummings
Read the winning essay in this year’s scholarship competition—a heartfelt tribute to poet e.e. cummings—and then read a few words about its talented writer.
Beat the feast-or-famine syndrome
These 10 techniques from a highly successful freelancer will help you manage your workload and your cash flow.
7 tips for mastering author interviews
Learn how to prepare, pitch and edit these popular pieces that readers turn to first.
Literary Spotlight: Boston Review
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal Boston Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
How writers are raising money for charities with online auctions, a Web resource for book lovers, plus a question for Ask The Writer, Lisa Shearin’s column on fiction writing, reader letters, and more.
Reviews of new writing books.
This month, a list of literary and consumer magazines, agents, publishers, conferences and contests.
For Julie Orringer, writing a novel is like “being at sea in a very small boat,” and not being able to see land.