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Jen Malone

Aim high

By Jen Malone

From promoting the stars to promoting herself, authorpreneur Jen Malone shares her secrets.

Features

Giving sorrow words

By Megan Kaplon

Helen Macdonald’s "H Is for Hawk" is a hybrid memoir about grief, the environment, family and a bird.

The other side of the knife

By Robert Hirschfield

Poet Bruce Weigl talks about the trauma of war and the stories it produces.

In the time of discovery

By Jack Smith

Julia Alvarez shares the key elements of her life and work as a novelist, poet and researcher.

Run with it

By Melissa Hart

DIY conferences can boost community and connection.

Getting a read on it

By Sarah R. Flynn

Creating an adult writing workshop provides a creative outlet for you and for civic life.

Departments

BREAKTHROUGH

Note to self

By John Kelly

A writer reflects on his younger days. And advises.

OFF THE CUFF

For the ear

By Jack Hamann

Choose words for sound. Improve your Alice Effect.

CLASS ACTION

Healing words

By Meredith Quinn

A graduate program reaches beyond the classroom.

LASTING EFFECT

July 1987: Lowry's guide to memory

By Nicki Porter

The truth of emotion is essential, says Lois Lowry.

CONFERENCE INSIDER

Gathering the tribe

By Meredith Quinn

A conference in Maine turns a solitary profession into a community of support.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

We can disagree

By Melissa Hart

Free speech and provocative thoughts reign supreme in this journal.

Also in Every Issue

Take Note

Tips for attending a conference, using present tense, Akhil Sharma and more.

Markets listings

Conferences, retreats and festivals

Classified advertising

How I Write

Scott Eyman: "My original ambition was to be an Egyptologist."