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The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect


A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.

I Wasn't Born Yesterday: The Beauty of Backstory


Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.


This Thing I Made: Letterpress Meets High Tech at the IPRC

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

November/December 2014

<p>Writers take bookmaking into their own hands at Portland, Oregon’s Independent Publishing Resource Center.</p>

Coming Home to Writing: Exile and Literary Citizenship

by Elizabeth Huergo

The Literary Life

November/December 2014

<p>Having left her home in Havana as a refugee at the age of three, an author explores the truth of what it means to be a writer in exile.</p>

Where We Write: New York City Via Bavaria, Germany

by Sabine Heinlein

The Literary Life

November/December 2014

<p>Learning to inhabit a new country and language helps a German-born writer discover her voice and understand how that voice hinges on the place in which she lives.</p>

The Art of Reading Lauren Slater

by William Giraldi

The Literary Life

July/August 2014

<p>In her genre-defying book <i>Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir</i>, published in 2000 by Random House, Lauren Slater toys with the conventions of fact, fiction, memory, and art, introducing fabricated occurrences and physical conditions to unveil the truth of her experience—and of the human condition.</p>

Ghost in the Machine: A Typewriter, a Postcard, and the Objects of Memory

by Maria Mutch

The Literary Life

May/June 2014

<p>A writer’s search for a typewriter brings her face to face with both present and past, and helps her understand ideas of friendship, memory, connection, and loss.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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