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The "truth" about nonfictionBy 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).
Getting personalBy Pat Olsen
Successful practitioners share insights into the rules – or lack thereof – for personal essays.
Full quart pressBy Kristen Andresen
Alissa Quart combines the skills of poetry and journalism for a book about outsiders.
Render truthBy Linda McCullough Moore
Think you’re in control as a writer? Paul Harding has news for you.
Prompt serviceBy Katharine Davis
You’ve heard of writing groups. May we suggest a prompt group?
Jesmyn Ward: structure and memoirBy Megan Kaplon
The novelist talks about the challenges of moving from fiction to memoir.
Can’t stop tellingBy Hillary Casavant
Novelist Steve Yarbrough talks about the value of hard work.
Anthropologist of loveBy Elizabeth Cohen
She went online looking for love. Instead, she found stories.
Anecdotally speakingBy Kelly James-Enger
Finding real-life sources requires curiosity and diligence.
Be advisedBy Julia Rappaport
Advice from outstanding editors will serve you forever.
Unlocking the LOCBy Jack Hamann
Find out why it’s important to know the Library of Congress’ rules.
Beautiful concentrationBy Hillary Casavant
The Blue Flower conference offers an oasis.
Improvement projectBy Melissa Hart
CAB combines literary arts with social mission.
Also in Every Issue
Monthly prompts, writing “gifts,” Chang-rae Lee on writing, a Q&A about Kirkus, a guide to seasonal treasures, three meditation exercises. And more.
How I Write
Nancy K. Miller: “Without that raw material, I’m not sure how I would have written the book.”