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By Alicia Anstead
During the final stages of putting together each issue of this magazine, I am almost always surprised by a theme that stealthily slips into my consciousness as if secretly hired by the powerful collective wisdom of the writers gathered in these 50-some pages. Our editors believed we were knitting together stories in this issue about “the truth” about nonfiction writing – and yes, the predominance of these stories address those “truths” (shall we say).
By Pat Olsen
Successful practitioners share insights into the rules – or lack thereof – for personal essays.
Full quart press
By Kristen Andresen
Alissa Quart combines the skills of poetry and journalism for a book about outsiders.
By Linda McCullough Moore
Think you’re in control as a writer? Paul Harding has news for you.
By Katharine Davis
You’ve heard of writing groups. May we suggest a prompt group?
Jesmyn Ward: structure and memoir
By Megan Kaplon
The novelist talks about the challenges of moving from fiction to memoir.
Can’t stop telling
By Hillary Casavant
Novelist Steve Yarbrough talks about the value of hard work.
Anthropologist of love
By Elizabeth Cohen
She went online looking for love. Instead, she found stories.
By Kelly James-Enger
Finding real-life sources requires curiosity and diligence.
Off the Cuff
By Julia Rappaport
Advice from outstanding editors will serve you forever.
Unlocking the LOC
By Jack Hamann
Find out why it’s important to know the Library of Congress’ rules.
By Hillary Casavant
The Blue Flower conference offers an oasis.
By Melissa Hart
CAB combines literary arts with social mission.