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August 2014

Alicia Anstead

Not long ago, an out-of-town friend and I were sitting in a train station

By Alicia Anstead

I like to think of our magazine as being the same kind of “meeting at the depot” experience for our readers – except our topic is craft.


In good humor

By Jack Smith

Garner the key elements of comedic fiction.

The finishing touch

By Mridu Khullar Relph

Five techniques for achieving “The End.”

On the street

By Linda Lappin

Use the art of flânerie to develop stories.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Investigative research

By Megan Kaplon

A journalist for The Atlantic offers research tools.

Tenacity in action

By Jonathan Aldridge

A power agent gives an inside look at the publishing biz.


Writing Essentials

Let it flow

By Kerrie Flanagan

Tap your well of creativity.

Writing Essentials

Hoarder control

By Catherine A. Welch

Keep your best. Trash the rest.

Off The Cuff

In the house

By Sion Dayson

A literary retreat builds character.

Conference Insider

Shaken and stirred

By Hillary Casavant

Rocking with San Francisco’s Litquake.

Literary Spotlight


By Melissa Hart

The voices of Yellow Medicine Review.

Lasting Effect

1976: Unruly behavior

By Hillary Casavant

Three rules to break.

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

A writing checklist, Isabel Allende, Southern writers, prompts, tips for journaling, handwriting tools and more.


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How I Write

Kwame Dawes: “Craft is work.”