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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.

Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force

by M. Allen Cunningham

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>While writers often express the need for fewer restrictions in their writing lives, one author argues that implementing limitations may actually lead to surprising—and productive—results.</p>

What It Takes: The Messy, Beautiful Business of Being a Writer Parent.

by Jamie Quatro

Special Section

January/February 2014

<p>In a deeply personal chronicle that spans nearly twenty years, one writer grapples with the struggles, strangleholds, and immeasurable inspirations of being a writer parent.</p>

Writing the Sex Scene: Nothing Throbbing, Nothing Turgid

by Beth Ann Fennelly

The Literary Life

January/February 2014

<p>One of the most difficult scenes to write in fiction—and as such, one that gets tackled less and less—is the sex scene. Beth Ann Fennelly, a poet who recently cowrote her first novel with her husband, gets down and dirty to find out why.</p>

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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