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Answer Songs: Music as Muse


A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.


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.

Mermaids and Matryoshkas: The Secret Life of a Poetic Sequence

by Sandra Beasley

The Literary Life

November/December 2015

<p>A poet and author talks with five published and noteworthy poets about craft and creative process, and what they do when the going gets tough.</p>

The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

November/December 2015

<p>Invent new words, change your perceptions, or get mistaken for strangers--three exercises to flex your creative muscles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

AWP Under Fire, Ferrante Fever, and More

Online Only, posted 8.27.15

Bridging the Student-Mentor Gap


The Bridge, an online forum launched by the literary nonprofit Brooklyn Poets, fosters connections between emerging and established writers, and provides a student-mentor alternative to the traditional MFA program. 

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.

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>
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