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Getting the Led Out: Discovering a Better Essay in the Foothills of South Carolina

by Joni Tevis

The Literary Life

September/October 2015

<p>The process of writing is one of discovery. A creative nonfiction writer describes how an essay in her new collection came to life, with a little unexpected help from Led Zeppelin.&nbsp;</p>

Know Thyself: The Linguistics of Place

by Jeremiah Chamberlin

The Literary Life

September/October 2015

<p>Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin discusses the value in understanding and appreciating the linguistics of place—in this case, the Midwest—in works of fiction, using the stories of Jack Driscoll and Bonnie Jo Campbell as examples.</p>

The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

September/October 2015

<p>Compose a poem from a stranger’s perspective, unlock your unconscious with “automatic writing,” or create your own astrological forecast—three prompts to help you reach new depths in your writing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Adjunct Anxiety: Teaching, Writing, Constantly Striving

by Melissa Febos

The Practical Writer

September/October 2015

<p>Adjuncting can be difficult, even for those who love teaching writing. A writer and teacher recounts the challenges of her adjunct experiences after graduating with an MFA and publishing her first book<i>.</i>&nbsp;</p>

Posted 6.17.15

Ampersand hosts Kevin Larimer and Melissa Faliveno sit down with Jesse Browner, the author of How Did I Get Here? Making Peace With the Road Not Taken, published this month by Harper Wave, to talk about the new book and the decisions we make as writers and artists.

How to Impress a Literary Agent

by Staff

Special Section

July/August 2015

<p>Whether it’s simply spelling a name correctly in a query letter or proposing something new, advice for catching an agent’s eye can range from the obvious to the surprisingly counter-intuitive. Here, six agents speak candidly about what stands out to them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Preparing for the Worst: The Negatively Framed Outline

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

July/August 2015

<p>Pessimism can be a writer’s best friend: Fiction writer Benjamin Percy explores how the worst-case scenario can bring out the best in a story.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

July/August 2015

<p>Follow in the dactylic footsteps of Homer, leave everyone behind for a solo journey, or report the breaking news of your own life—three prompts to help start your writing off on a great adventure.</p>

The Savvy Self-Publisher: Clayton Smith's Apocalypticon

by Debra W. Englander

The Practical Writer

July/August 2015

<p>Clayton Smith has self-published several books, including his latest novel, <i>Apocalypticon</i>, and used his experiences to cofound Dapper Press, a company that provides essential services like editing, design, and promotion to self-published authors. Editor Kim Bookless and publicist Lissy Peace weigh in on Smith’s process, and such self-publishing necessities.</p>

Why We Write: San Francisco 2015

Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, leads a conversation with authors Wendy Lesser, Yiyun Li, Alejandro Murguia, D. A. Powell, and Michelle Tea about the personal, political, and professional reasons we choose to write while living in a culture, a family, or a community that doesn’t always value what we do.

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