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Perversity of Spirit: What It Takes to Be a Writer

by Rufi Thorpe

The Literary Life

September/October 2014

<p>One author argues that talent is the least important part of becoming a writer.</p>


Daily News

The life and work of Martin Amis; books about race in America; a library taxi in Tehran; and other news.

Why We Write: The Wounded and Enduring

by Wendy Brown-Baez

The Literary Life

July/August 2014

<p>Through her work with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a poet discovers that writing can grant a type of freedom to incarcerated men—and in the process finds her own sense of peace in the wake of personal trauma.&nbsp;</p>

Labor of Love: The Anthology from Conception to Publication

by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon

The Practical Writer

May/June 2014

<p>Two novelists discuss the excitement and challenges of editing an anthology of essays.</p>

The Aha! Moment: Carl Phillips, Judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

May/June 2014

<p>The current judge for America’s oldest and most prestigious first-book prize for poets discusses his encounter with the poems from <i>Blue</i> <i>Yodel</i>, Ansel Elkins’s 2014 prize-winning collection, which will be published next year by Yale University Press.&nbsp;</p>


Daily News

Novelist Eleanor Catton on writing strategies; why science fiction should be taken seriously; from blog to book; and other news.


Daily News

Christina Baker Kline novels move from mid-list to bestseller; a day in the life of Meg Wolitzer; two authors consider the strength of the adage “write what you know”; and other news.


Daily News

A San Diego writer celebrates a novel fifteen years in the making; a South African novelist explores E. M. Forster’s private life; New Orleans gears up for Tennessee Williams Literary Festival; and other news.

Posted 2.12.14

Dani Shapiro is the author of five novels and three memoirs, including most recently Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, published last October by Atlantic Monthly Press. With an introduction from Poets & Writers managing director Melissa Ford Gradel at the first Poets & Writers Live event this past January in Los Angeles, Shapiro reads from her new book and discusses what it means to write, and to keep writing.

Modulation in the Moment: Striking a Narrative Balance

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

January/February 2014

<p>Mastering the art of modulation—the ebb and flow of suspense, action, and meditation—can be the key to writing a truly great story.</p>
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