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June 2016

Jaime Joyce

On set

By Jaime Joyce

A writer reveals the internal journey of revision.


June: The Humor Issue


Lisa Lampanelli: Fearlessly Funny

By Patti Hartigan

Stand-up comic Lisa Lampanelli has made a career out of crafting insults. Now her humor writing is taking a turn.

Gene Perret, comedy veteran

By Alicia Anstead

This comedy writer for the stars says jokes aren’t magic. They’re hard work.

Big league

By Alicia Anstead

Middle grade author Gitty Daneshvari taps into humor to explore the anxieties, fear, fun and pressures of growing up.

If you build it

By Jack Smith

Five writers share processes for developing frameworks that allow stories to stand on their own.

Youth sayer

By Nicki Porter

Children's author Louis Sachar says his books are for real people with real problems.


Off the Cuff

A form of fiction

By Candy Schulman

Where do truth and imagination meet in your work?

Freelance Success

Good grief

By Constance Hale

Seven stages of manuscript drafts can lead to success


Funny business

By Jennifer Purdie

An introvert becomes a stand-up comedian.

Conference Insider

Jest medicine

By Nicki Porter

Studying humor is no laughing matter.

Class Action

Recurring theme

By Don Meyer

Can a local paper be home to your column?

Literary Spotlight

Toast with the most

By Melissa Hart

An online literary journal seeks art and culture quirks.

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

Jamie Joyce, Eric Weiner, Sarah Blakley-Cartright, travel blogger Oneika Raymond and more.


Literary journals

How I Write

Robin Thede: Capture whatever makes you laugh and run with it."