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Elissa Altman: The writing that eats away at you

Everyone told Elissa Altman no one would read long-form food narratives online. Two memoirs and a James Beard Award later, Altman can finally say: Everyone was wrong.

Obsessed by story

Megan Mayhew Bergman moved from short form fiction to nonfiction to a novel. She says she’s not a thrill seeker. But her work may prove her wrong.

Savior of literature

It takes a big federal agency to capture (and support) the diversity and aesthetic tastes of a melting-pot nation. The NEA is on a mission to keep excellent writing a national priority.

Business class with Lissa Warren

Lissa Warren teaches the art of thinking like a publisher. She also has a lesson about a cat.


With more than 600 million potential readers, why aren’t you pitching sports fiction?  

Violet Kupersmith’s Ghostly Prose

From childhood fears to workshop mentors, Violet Kupersmith channels the
voices of the past for successful storytelling.

Ayelet Waldman: Do better

Ayelet Waldman takes on an ambitious project with her newest novel.

Karen Avivi: Self-Publishing

An author found that the best way to get her unusual story into the world was to do it for herself.

Jean Kwok: Your own rules

How to find the story between cultural pressure and personal desire.

Sarah Kay: Stage to page

Spoken word poet Sarah Kay discusses writing, listening and the freedom to give poetry a try.

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.

Bill Cheng: Chapter One

Bill Cheng, author of “Southern Cross the Dog,” chats about writing first chapters and how the rhythm and themes in the first chapter continue throughout the novel.

Alexander Maksik on character and point of view

An author makes many choices before settling into his or her novel’s voice and characters. We asked Maksik to uncover his process for pinning down those sometimes elusive concepts.

The books chose me

Working as a bookseller has unintended perks, such as stumbling upon titles you may never have picked up before.