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Years ago when my sister was visitingBy 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, locationBy Elfrieda Abbe
Novelist David Rhodes gives advice on how setting creates character, interiority and narrative.
The college tryBy Harvey Rachlin
Don’t wait for the degree. Check out 15 ways undergrads can jumpstart a writing career.
Chapter One: Bill ChengBy Megan Kaplon
A debut novelist reveals how he hooked his audience from the opening line.
Shrink tankBy Grace Bello
Pack a punch with your book summary. Learn how to pare down your story – and snag an agent – in 200 words.
In tuneBy Kinney Littlefield
Screenwriter Callie Khouri shapes the complex characters of Nashville through story and song.
Curious surgeBy Alicia Anstead
Push toward the wacky and outlandish. Set your inner writer free.
Type fasterBy Jennifer Willis
In the twilight of his life, Jay Lake savors his time as a novelist.
Let’s get physicalBy Sarah Zobel
A runner’s physical therapy inspires 10 fiction-writing tips.
Cracking open truthBy Robert Hirschfield
Senior poets use words to connect, explore and reflect.
Make them tell storiesBy Dale McGarrigle
With profiles of literary giants, a collection of interviews sheds light on the writing life.
Crossing bordersBy Hillary Casavant
The International Festival of Authors is a launch pad for new writers.
Parental guidanceBy Melissa Hart
Essays in Brain, Child tackle the ups and downs of raising a family.
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