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Jill Giencke

A charmed life

By Jill Giencke

A bracelet builds character for an author’s pseudo self.

Features

Close to the bull’s eye

By Jack Smith

Sandra Cisneros talks about the craft and life of a writer.

Clanging the bell

By Tyler J. Kelley

Wall Street Journal reporter Barry Newman offers tips on colorful stories.

Voices in the archives

By Roger Morris

The letters, rough drafts and diaries of famous writers become treasure troves for historical novelists and biographers.

In full swing

By Alicia Anstead

Miasha Coleman talks with our editor-in-chief about craft and novellas.

The Writer short story contest winner: "Normal"

By Graydon Megan

A man heads out to sea after his wife dies.

Departments

WRITING ESSENTIALS

And then what?

By Ryan Van Cleave

Six tips for story endings.

BREAKTHROUGH

Mini might

By Grant Faulkner

How to get the story in 100 words.

LASTING EFFECT

1942: David Lavender

By Nicki Porter

A Pulitzer Prize nominee gives short story motivation.

CONFERENCE INSIDER

Must be magic

By Meredith Quinn

Trek to a retreat in the English countryside.

CLASS ACTION

Straight talk

By Meredith Quinn

MFA program: Yes or no?

FREELANCE SUCCESS

The short sweet spot

By Kerrie Flanagan

Editors offer tips to get your short stories into print.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

Special delivery

By Melissa Hart

A postcard is at the heart of HOOT.

Also in Every Issue

Take Note

Keeping current events fresh, tips from an online writer, Sharon Olds and more.

Markets

Publishers

Classified advertising

How I Write

Sue Monk Kidd: “Allow yourself to write badly in the beginning. And then let it evolve as you rewrite.”