Le rire mécaniqueBy 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 environmentBy Melissa Hart
Can writers move beyond grim when it comes to serious issues about the Earth?
The abundant lifeBy Julie Krug
"The Artist's Way" author Julia Cameron says stay true to your work to find success.
Staying aliveBy Megan Kaplon
Entrepreneurs blaze ahead in a new publishing world.
The Writer InterviewBy Alicia Anstead
Our editor talks craft with "New Yorker" essayist Jaime Joyce.
Criminal Law 101By Keenan Powell
A legal cheat sheet builds your case.
All aboardBy Valentine J. Brkich
A DIY writer’s residency hits the rails.
Shakespeare in the houseBy Melissa Hart
A family of writers finds inspiration and solidarity in the bard.
Barbara Neely: June 1993By 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 faithBy Linda K. Wertheimer
Ten best practices can make your religion stories more believable.
Big-sky inspirationBy Meredith Quinn
Stretch yourself at this writing-conference-yoga-retreat hybrid.
Tendency to laughBy 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.
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.”