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June 2015

Alicia Anstead

Le rire mécanique

By Alicia Anstead

Each winter, I’m part of a group that puts on an arts festival in a university setting. Most of the events are student-driven and showcase considerable undergraduate skill in the visual, performing and literary arts. Additionally, I’m part of a creative team that writes a spoof performance to both highlight student talents and comically entertain audiences. In addition to understanding what goes into a high-level production, the single most important quality for our team is a sense of humor in the writing.


A funny environment

By Melissa Hart

Can writers move beyond grim when it comes to serious issues about the Earth?

The abundant life

By Julie Krug

"The Artist's Way" author Julia Cameron says stay true to your work to find success.

Staying alive

By Megan Kaplon

Entrepreneurs blaze ahead in a new publishing world.

The Writer Interview

By Alicia Anstead

Our editor talks craft with "New Yorker" essayist Jaime Joyce.



Criminal Law 101

By Keenan Powell

A legal cheat sheet builds your case.


All aboard

By Valentine J. Brkich

A DIY writer’s residency hits the rails.


Shakespeare in the house

By Melissa Hart

A family of writers finds inspiration and solidarity in the bard.


Barbara Neely: June 1993

By Nicki Porter

A part-time novelist shares her secrets.


Drummer, cue the sting!

By Meredith Quinn

Go from punny to funny with a crash course in humor writing.


Have faith

By Linda K. Wertheimer

Ten best practices can make your religion stories more believable.


Big-sky inspiration

By Meredith Quinn

Stretch yourself at this writing-conference-yoga-retreat hybrid.


Tendency to laugh

By Melissa Hart

An online journal goes for quirky, funny and smart.

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Using contractions, Greek comedy, how to be funny, Bo Kaprall and more.

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How I Write

Mary Norris: “The writer has a built-in editor, and you have to ignore that editor while you’re first generating the writing.”