Eimear McBride and Discovery

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“It doesn’t interest me to know how a book will end, I have to discover that for myself.” In this video from the National Centre for Writing, Eimear McBride, who won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, speaks about how character and story and the process of discovery are the keys to her writing process.

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Blair Hurley on Imaginative Empathy

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“The more that I wrote I discovered that writing in a pretty way actually wasn’t the goal,” says Blair Hurley about breaking down good writing and prioritizing writing clearly with characters that feel real in this interview with Junia Doan. Hurley’s essay “Tiny Doable Things” is featured in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Writing F(r)iction: Crystal Hana Kim

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“I’ve learned to be a lot more flexible and I can write basically anywhere.” Crystal Hana Kim talks about writing after having a baby during the pandemic in this episode of the Writing F(r)iction podcast hosted by author Michael Johnston. Kim’s essay “How to Keep Going” is featured in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Ananda Lima on Storytelling

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“For some reason, the poems are much closer to the reality in my life,” says Ananda Lima about her writing process for poetry versus fiction in this episode of The Story Talks Back podcast with Dave Stanton. Lima’s first poetry collection, Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press, 2021), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Studio 107: Mark Wunderlich

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“It’s a book about trying to figure out how to live while around you people are dying. How do you learn to live with tremendous loss?” says Mark Wunderlich about his latest poetry collection, God of Nothingness (Graywolf Press, 2021), in this video for the James Merrill House’s virtual series Studio 107, which interviews former writers in residency about their writing process.

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Artists on Writers: Wayne Koestenbaum and Anthony Roth Costanzo

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“The minute I’m within a sentence, I’m within an orbit of urgencies and rules that to some extent leave me in a position of caginess and wiliness,” says poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum about the presence of spontaneity in writing in this conversation about fables, expressions of queerness, and process with countertenor and actor Anthony Roth Costanzo. The Artists on Writers | Writers on Artists series is coproduced by Artforum and Bookforum, and sponsored by the Morgan Library & Museum.

Aracelis Girmay on Writing Your Story

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“I wanted to hear the histories that were not taught to me in books, I wanted to know what I didn’t know.” In this 826NYC video, Aracelis Girmay speaks about how reading and hearing her family’s stories inspired her to become a poet. A Q&A with Girmay on becoming the first editor-at-large of BOA Editions’ line of poetry books written by women of color appears in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Joyce Maynard on Writing a Memoir

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“There’s nothing more riveting on the page than somebody willing to honestly tell what that life is,” says Joyce Maynard, author of the memoirs At Home in the World (Picador, 1998) and The Best of Us (Bloomsbury, 2017), about the roots of writing a memoir in this CreativeLive video.

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