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Answer Songs: Music as Muse

12.16.14

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

8.20.14

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

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>

Submission Blitz: Finding Courage at a Writers Conference

by Melissa Chadburn

Special Section

March/April 2015

<p>In response to the pervasive gender disparity in publishing, the Los Angeles–based group Women Who Submit encourages women writers to gather together and submit their work to magazines, and to celebrate the often intimidating process of sending work out into the world.</p>

Be Bold, Be Free, Be Truthful

by Maria Massei Rosato

Special Section

March/April 2015

<p>At the Sewall House retreat in Island Falls, Maine, the practice of yoga opens up new possibilities in the craft of writing.</p>

Feckless Pondering: Emotional Beats and the Art of Repose

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

January/February 2015

<p>A case for balancing action with introspection in fiction, in order to avoid “gumming up the gears of your story.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

More Ideas Faster: Writing With Abandon

by Grant Faulkner

Special Section

January/February 2015

<p>A writer learns that letting go of the need for perfectionism, and instead allowing the creative impulse to guide him fluidly and freely, can revitalize the practice of writing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Art Vs. Life: A Quarrel Between David Shields and Caleb Powell

by David Shields and Caleb Powell

Special Section

January/February 2015

<p>What comes first—the human or the writer? David Shields and Caleb Powell discuss the origins and collaborative process behind the four-day argument about life and art that became their new book (and film), <i>I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel</i>.</p>
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