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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.

Art vs. Life, a Quarrel: San Francisco 2015

David Shields and Caleb Powell, authors of I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, reignite the age-old debate about the lives of artists as they attempt to disturb preconceived divisions between reality and fiction, life and art.

The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

May/June 2015

<p>Writing prompts and exercises in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction employing kindness, strange connections, and the timeless wisdom of Special Agent Dale Cooper.</p>

Rethinking Rejection: Notes from the Slush Pile

by Reagan Upshaw

The Literary Life

May/June 2015

<p>The assistant poetry editor of <i>Able Muse </i>offers his thoughts on coming to terms with the inevitability—and impersonality—of rejection in the world of literary magazines.</p>

Wonder Woman: What My First Artists Retreat Taught Me About Writing, Murder, and Myself

by Nancy Méndez-Booth

Special Section

March/April 2015

<p>On her way to the Vermont Studio Center and in a moment of panic, a writer tells a lie that leads her to realize an important truth about herself—and exactly what it takes to finish her novel.</p>

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News and Trends

March/April 2015

UK artist Jennifer Collier uses repurposed books and papers to sculpt an array of art objects inspired by the very materials used to create them—from stilettos made from the pages of Little Women to gloves fashioned from the illustrated text of Alice in Wonderland—each finished project a reflection of the written words from which it’s made.

 

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