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By Alicia Anstead
When I eventually found the stone and wiped off the mud, one word gleamed at me: WRITE. At that moment, I had no idea about my sister’s mischief. All I knew was that a talisman seemed to have revealed itself to me with a clear directive.
Location, location, location
By Elfrieda Abbe
Novelist David Rhodes gives advice on how setting creates character, interiority and narrative.
The college try
By Harvey Rachlin
Don’t wait for the degree. Check out 15 ways undergrads can jumpstart a writing career.
Chapter One: Bill Cheng
By Megan Kaplon
A debut novelist reveals how he hooked his audience from the opening line.
By Grace Bello
Pack a punch with your book summary. Learn how to pare down your story – and snag an agent – in 200 words.
By Kinney Littlefield
Screenwriter Callie Khouri shapes the complex characters of Nashville through story and song.
By Alicia Anstead
Push toward the wacky and outlandish. Set your inner writer free.
By Jennifer Willis
In the twilight of his life, Jay Lake savors his time as a novelist.
Off the Cuff
Let’s get physical
By Sarah Zobel
A runner’s physical therapy inspires 10 fiction-writing tips.
Poet to Poet
Cracking open truth
By Robert Hirschfield
Senior poets use words to connect, explore and reflect.
Make them tell stories
By Dale McGarrigle
With profiles of literary giants, a collection of interviews sheds light on the writing life.
By Hillary Casavant
The International Festival of Authors is a launch pad for new writers.
By Melissa Hart
Essays in Brain, Child tackle the ups and downs of raising a family.