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July 2013

Alicia Anstead

We're entering the time of year

By Alicia Anstead

We’re entering the time of year many of us think of as vacation time. Or as I like to call it: reading season. For readers of this magazine, it’s also a time when we might steal extra time writing – when the kids are at the beach, when the family has gone off for a day trip, when we sequester in a cabin by the lake, when we stop the grind of the academic calendar to let our writing minds be free of official deadlines.



By Kinney Littlefield

The Newsroom bolsters Aaron Sorkin’s advice to aspiring writers: Be bold.

Going transmedia

By Cathie Beck

Moving your story from the page to the screen requires sharp negotiations and strong representation.

Listen up!

By Dale McGarrigle

Audiobooks offer the sweet sound of success.

The Book of Amish

By Mridu Khullar Relph

Editors told Amish Tripathi religion wouldn’t sell. He made a fortune proving them wrong.

Let words collide

By Roy Peter Clark

Can the science of the universe inform your writing?

A leap of faith

By Jack Smith

Taiye Selasi’s debut novel is an immigrant’s story about Africa. Her own story is about the migration of her dream to reality.


Off The Cuff

Soldier on

By Harvey Rachlin

Every writer faces rejection. Get over it with these tips for moving forward.

Writing Essentials

Three’s a charm

By Stuart Horwitz

A guide to working effectively through drafts.

Conference Insider

Winding up for the pitch

By Hillary Casavant

The PNWA Conference connects writers with pros from the big leagues.

Freelance Success

Hire power

By Caitlin Kelly

Embrace your inner CEO. Employ an assistant.

Literary Spotlight


By Melissa Hart

Food and life are at the heart of an online literary magazine.

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Take Note

Dina Nayeri, travel products, laughter as salvation, summer writing habits and more.

Write Stuff

For David Corbett, creating multidimensional characters begins off the page.


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How I Write

Adam Johnson: Let each narrative discover itself anew.