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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.

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>

A Writer’s Comeback: How I Built My Own Literary Scene and Saved Myself

Online Only, posted 8.20.14

Founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, New York, Julia Fierro discusses how creating her own workshop program—and in doing so, building her own community of writers—allowed her to rediscover her own voice.

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>
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