The pleasures and pitfalls of writing a novel with multiple perspectives.
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“I’m coming to believe more and more that the whole body should be engaged in the writing process.”—Amy Bonnaffons, author of the debut story collection The Wrong Heaven
Brian Turner is best known for his award-winning poetry collections and memoir about the Iraq War, but with his new project he has pushed into an entirely new dimension of creative expression.
How does a writer tell a story set in another country during a time before she was even born? Research, research, research.
“You can almost always make something better by making it shorter.” —Keith Gessen, author of the novel A Terrible Country
The desire to tell stories is one thing; finding the stories you want to tell is something else entirely.
“Get in where you fit in, and where you don’t, break it.” —Jasmine Gibson, author of Don’t Let Them See Me Like This
A simple exercise to help lead you closer to the fiery core of your own, utterly unique, narrative style.
“Avoid the word ‘it’ whenever possible. Which is to say, specificity whenever possible.” —Lillian Li, author of the debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant
Simon Van Booy writes about opening your whole life to creativity.
“That was the scariest part in making this come together: the endless possible permutations of inclusion, exclusion, order; the fear of endless possibility.” —Grady Chambers, author of the poetry collection North American Stadiums
This year’s debut fiction roundup features emerging writers R. O. Kwon, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Jamel Brinkley, Katharine Dion, and Tommy Orange.
An essayist discusses five journals that published work from her debut collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else.
Poets and educators work to fight campus carry bills.
The teams behind debut authors Jordy Rosenberg, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Aja Gabel, Rachel Z. Arndt, and Ruth Joffre.
In a continuing series on international writing communities, contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. spends time with authors and publishers in Bogotá, Colombia.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Sick by Porochista Khakpour and Sons of Achilles by Nabila Lovelace.
A fiction press for first-time authors.
Agent Gillian MacKenzie on her new partnership with lawyer Kirsten Wolf.
Ex-library books are catalogued in a new home.
The influence of Instagram on the way we read poetry.
Creating local reading spaces for young black boys.
Simon Van Booy considers writing as a process of instinct rather than thought.
In his sixth book, a sonnet sequence published by Penguin in June, Terrance Hayes cuts deep, to the marrow of the American moment, in a form with a razor’s edge: love poems for the forces trying to kill you.
Florida isn’t just the title of Lauren Groff’s new story collection, published in June by Riverhead Books; it’s also a bad joke, a good home, a source of inspiration, a set of contradictions, and, perhaps, ultimately a state of mind.