Celebrating nature in writingBy Alicia Anstead
May is the time of year when many of us emerge from long, hard winters to take a restorative breath of warm air. In part, that’s why Diane Ackerman is on our cover. We thought she would be the perfect embodiment of the inspiration and comfort writers take from the beauty and fierceness of the natural world.
Another celebration of the natural world: our short story writing contest An Ocean of Possibility. We offer three ocean-centered quotations from some of our favorite writers and ask you to submit 1,000-word short stories for consideration. Submit online April 1 – 30.
Natural talentBy Megan Kaplon
Diane Ackerman combines a love of writing with a deep dedication to science.
I am my own scribeBy Julie Krug
Playwright Doug Wright talks about obsessions and the creative freedom of crafting for the stage.
Believe in magicBy Sage Kalmus
A reliable narrator establishes emotional truth for readers.
What's the big idea?By Patti Hartigan
Suzan-Lori Parks goes after stories with a commitment to discovery and to the power of dreamy moments.
Going old schoolBy Michael Cahlin
Are pen and paper for you?
Ed talkBy Lydie Raschka
Edits that look like bloodshed are ultimately lifesavers.
Stepping-stone to successBy Simon Whaley
Reroute rejection for a positive outcome.
Look outBy Roger Morris
Try these 10 tips for managing in-advance seasonal assignments.
From MFA to book dealBy Meredith Quinn
A university and a children’s publisher team up.
Get connectedBy Meredith Quinn
Journalists and authors come together in New York City for ASJA.
Getting NormalBy Melissa Hart
Got a pocket full of marbles? This lit mag is for you.
1940: 75-year-old writing adviceBy Nicki Porter
Faith Baldwin’s words still ring true today.
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