September 2015 A shack of one's own By Deborah Joy Corey Can nature set your imagination free? Features Rolling deep By Julie Krug Rhythm and roots mark Major Jackson's poetry as he reaches back to the foundations of the form. Hero journey By Megan Kaplon Christopher McDougall fearlessly takes risks with his work. Should you try this at home? Go local By Paul Vachon Pitch the nearby story to city and regional magazines. Dropped by an angel By Alicia Anstead Mary Gordon dissects a passage from her novella. Departments WRITING ESSENTIALS The big 10 By Ryan G. Van Cleave Impress agents and editors with crisp, clean content. OFF THE CUFF Support system By Pete Croatto It takes more than talent to achieve success. BREAKTHROUGH Own it By Fredricka R. Maister Can the blank page be an inspiration? LASTING EFFECT 1956: Eloise Jarvis McGraw By Nicki Porter Steps to building character. FREELANCE SUCCESS Bump it up By Dorit Sasson DIY promotion tips can help sell your book. CLASS ACTION Back to school By Meredith Quinn Want to be more effective at workshops? MARKET FOCUS Landing the deal By Kevin Finley A publicity professional offers tips for securing publication. CONFERENCE INSIDER Peace, love and memoir By Meredith Quinn Tap into creative nonfiction in LA. LITERARY SPOTLIGHT Region by region By Melissa Hart An online lit journal gets geocentric. Also in Every Issue From the Editor Writers on writing Katie Kitamura Notes from the blogosphere The Bitten Word Take Note The importance of cover letters, tips to sell your book from C.J. Lyons, products for a book tour and more. Markets Non-MFA writing programs Classified advertising How I Write Jami Attenberg: "You have to have a lot of faith in yourself when you’re writing a book."