July 2015 Aim high By Jen Malone From promoting the stars to promoting herself, authorpreneur Jen Malone shares her secrets. Features Giving sorrow words By Megan Kaplon Helen Macdonald’s "H Is for Hawk" is a hybrid memoir about grief, the environment, family and a bird. The other side of the knife By Robert Hirschfield Poet Bruce Weigl talks about the trauma of war and the stories it produces. In the time of discovery By Jack Smith Julia Alvarez shares the key elements of her life and work as a novelist, poet and researcher. Run with it By Melissa Hart DIY conferences can boost community and connection. Getting a read on it By Sarah R. Flynn Creating an adult writing workshop provides a creative outlet for you and for civic life. Departments BREAKTHROUGH Note to self By John Kelly A writer reflects on his younger days. And advises. OFF THE CUFF For the ear By Jack Hamann Choose words for sound. Improve your Alice Effect. CLASS ACTION Healing words By Meredith Quinn A graduate program reaches beyond the classroom. LASTING EFFECT July 1987: Lowry's guide to memory By Nicki Porter The truth of emotion is essential, says Lois Lowry. CONFERENCE INSIDER Gathering the tribe By Meredith Quinn A conference in Maine turns a solitary profession into a community of support. LITERARY SPOTLIGHT We can disagree By Melissa Hart Free speech and provocative thoughts reign supreme in this journal. Also in Every Issue From the Editor Take Note Tips for attending a conference, using present tense, Akhil Sharma and more. Markets listings Conferences, retreats and festivals Classified advertising How I Write Scott Eyman: "My original ambition was to be an Egyptologist."