March/April 2018

Our annual Writers Retreats Issue features Annie Proulx, Danez Smith, and others on the retreats where big books are born; Caroline Leavitt and Jonathan Evison on learning from failure; a look at the national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud; three top indie publicists on the art of publicity; practical advice for first-time authors; writing prompts; submission information for 118 contests with upcoming deadlines; and more. 


The Writers Retreats Where Big Books Are Born

by Staff
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Annie Proulx, Tayari Jones, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and ten more authors on the retreats that changed their lives.

Ten More Retreats Where Your Big Book Could Be Born

by Staff
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Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Fogo Island Arts Residency, Iceland Writers Retreat, and more.

The Aha! Moment: A Literature Panelist for the MacDowell Colony

by Michael Bourne
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An anonymous juror weighs in on a residency applicant’s successful writing sample.

News and Trends

The Practical Writer

The Literary Life

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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Shape-shifting poems, reimagining fairy tales, and envisioning an exhibition—three prompts to get you writing, plus our suggested reading: A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr.

On the Trail: Rejection and Revival in Joshua Tree

by Mary Allen
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A memoirist hikes through rejection during a do-it-yourself retreat in the California desert. 

Why We Write: Redemption Song

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
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A writer and editor reflects on her work as both creative impulse and ancestral redemption.