December 2016

Anne Bernays

The write lessons

By Anne Bernays

A professor shares what she’s learned after four decades of teaching writing.

Features

Fiction: "Leviathan"

By Jim Lewis

Read the first-place winner of our "Lesson Learned" short story contest.

Freelance writing 101

By Constance Hale

How to survive – and thrive – as a freelancer.

Word thief

By Gail Radley

Six ways your research can turn into plagiarism – and one surefire way to avoid it.

Story shapers

By Melissa Hart

Six editors share what they’re looking for, what they’re publishing, and what authors should know about the industry.

Departments

WRITING ESSENTIALS

Dream team

By Dena Dyer

Five essential questions to ask before you co-author a book.

WRITER AT WORK

Money talks

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Eight steps toward a six-figure freelance writing income.

FREELANCE SUCCESS

Breaking in with LOIs

By Sara Hodon

You don’t have to pitch an article to land a gig with a new publication.

CLASS ACTION

Getting in

By Jeff Tamarkin

Stop seeking examples of perfect college admissions essays. The golden ticket to a university program lies in writing a story only you can tell.

CONFERENCE INSIDER

What happens in Vegas

By Melissa Hart

Take a chance on this rollicking, extroverted, outside-the-box conference in Sin City.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

Deaf Poets Society

By Melissa Hart

A new literary journal aims to form a crossroads between disability and diversity.

WRITE STUFF

Finding your flow

By Allison Futterman

Six steps toward greater creativity and productivity.

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

Anne Bernays, David Shields, a new “smart” typewriter, and more.

Markets

How I Write

Jill McCorkle: “There’s no better teacher than reading and reading and reading. Find a story you love, take it apart, reassemble, and look at the way it’s put together.”