July 2016 Unsealing Fate By Robin Black Don’t let your past work define your future. Features Told you By Julie Krug Celeste Ng offers advice about first books, being true to the craft and the importance of reaching readers. Best of the best By Jennifer Mattson Our picks for the top ten writing conferences in America. Ten things I learned at writing conferences By Susan Ito Head-earned lessons from two decades of conferences. In nature By Eliana Osborn The National Parks Service's Artist in Residence programs offer writers and other artists the opportunity to find inspiration in the great outdoors. Departments Class Action Required reading By Jeff Tamarkin Four professors share their go-to writing texts. Writers at Work Second degree By Jack Smith Should you take a chance with the most challenging POV? Writing Essentials A call to action By Rachel Carrington Define necessary and unnecessary action in fiction. Breakthrough Guard the hours By Gabriel Packard Want to make writing a career? Treat it like one. Freelance Success Get in the game By Megan Kaplon Must-know tips for rookie sports writers. Conference Insider Show pro By Ryan Van Cleave Confessions of a writing conference junkie. Literary Spotlight Online and on-point By Melissa Hart The Rumpus publishes surprising, challenging pieces of top-notch writing. Also in Every Issue From the Editor Take Note Robin Black, Terrance Hayes, blogger David Cain and more. Markets Conferences, retreats, festivals (July - December) How I Write Kirstin Valdez Quade: "I love the short story: I love its flexibility, its distillation of language, the pressure it exerts on the moment. A story demands that the reader look closely."