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Dana Shavin

Think this, not that

By Dana Shavin

Five myths and two truths about getting published.

Features

‘What is this thing I’m working on?’

By Susan Breen

Choosing the best vessel for your story.

Memoir versus essay collection

By Jen Glantz

Which fact-based form fits you best?

Slices of life

By Gail Radley

Pro tips for writing engaging, well-crafted creative nonfiction.

Our lives, our stories

By Melissa Hart

Magazines, both niche and mainstream, give voice to writers with disabilities.

Filtering fact through fiction

By Jack Smith

The blessings and perils of writing autobiographical fiction.

It takes a village

By Kerrie Flanagan

From mutual book promotion to providing advice and accountability, supporting other writers can help your own career bloom. 

Departments

FREELANCE SUCCESS

The rules

By Pete Croatto

Lessons learned in the dating game also apply to freelance writing.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

Blanket Sea

By Melissa Hart

This online journal showcases works written by people with chronic or mental illness and disabilities.

CONFERENCE INSIDER

SDSU Writers’ Conference

By Melissa Hart

Choose from craft talks, career insights, or publishing advice – both traditional and indie – at this decades-old conference in San Diego.

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

Featuring William Finnegan, a quiz, and more.

How I Write

Terese Mailhot: “What I wrote was deeply triggering for me, but I couldn’t arrive at the place I am now if I didn’t see on the page what happened to me.”