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December 2014

Alicia Anstead

A good way to end a year

By Alicia Anstead

While we were putting this issue together, we were thinking of the ways in which you as a writer might be assessing the last 12 months. What did you accomplish? What made you proud? How did your writing move to the next step, stage or discovery? We hope you hear some echo of your own achievements in these pages. That’s what we were aiming for: Without being too obvious, how can we feature the outrageous and awe-inspiring achievement of writers to make your work easier?


Funny girl

By Andrew R. Chow

How Parks and Rec’s Megan Amram tweeted her way into TV writing.

Writing with style

By Patrick Scalisi

Keep your story on track with a custom stylebook.

Spousal approval

By Kinney Littlefield

A winning writing partnership challenges viewers of The Good Wife.

Tending the work

By Chip Livingston

Linda Hogan cultivates activism on and off the page.


Off The Cuff

Time for a walkabout

By Nina Giovannitti

Memory and heritage crack open writer’s block.

Poet to Poet

Sleight of ear

By Christine Schrum

The Atlantic’s David Barber listens for the perfect poem.

Lasting Effect

Find time when you don’t have time

By Hillary Casavant

Sue Grafton offers top schedule strategies.

Market Focus

Show me the money

By Lola Augustine Brown

Always put a price tag on your writing.

Freelance Success

Pressing it

By Jennifer Billock

Essential guidelines can improve your first junket.

Class Action

MFA 101

By Hillary Casavant

Take a crash course on writer education.

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From the Editor

Take Note

Writing lessons, holiday wish list, Maria Venegas, tips for staying focused, prompts, reading your work aloud and more.

Annual Education Guide

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How I Write

M. Evelina Galang: “The art comes in revision.”