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 Novel I Buried Three Times
Novelists Caroline Leavitt and Jonathan Evison discuss the books that just didn’t work.
Poetry Out Loud offers high school students a new way of seeing the world.
The Writers Retreats Where Big Books Are Born
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
Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Fogo Island Arts Residency, Iceland Writers Retreat, and more.
The Aha! Moment: A Literature Panelist for the MacDowell Colony
An anonymous juror weighs in on a residency applicant’s successful writing sample.
The author of Don’t Call Us Dead on the retreat in Austerlitz, New York.
The author of An American Marriage on the retreat in Sheridan, Wyoming.
The author of Shahid Reads His Own Palm on the retreat in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
The author of What We Do With the Wreckage on the retreat in Mineral, Washington
The author of Sweetness #9 on the retreat in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Where Big Books Are Born: Nathan Englander on the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
The author of The Ministry of Special Cases on the retreat in New York City.
The author of The Refugees on the retreat in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The author of The Loss of All Lost Things on the retreat in Cassis, France.
The author of Pure Hollywood on the retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The author of There There on the retreat in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
The author of We Play a Game on the retreat in New York City.
News and Trends
Split This Rock’s outgoing executive director on the intersection of poetry and politics, and the organization’s upcoming festival.
Julia Pierpont and Manjit Thapp’s new book features a hundred women who have changed the world.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Feel Free by Zadie Smith.
A small press based in Austin, Texas, and Des Moines offers a new model for submissions.
The Tournament of Books kicks off its fourteenth year.
A literary organization brings new life to Langston Hughes’s house in Harlem.
A London-based initiative works to collect and archive poems in endangered languages.
Dionisia Morales on five journals that published essays from her debut collection, Homing Instincts.
The Practical Writer
What to expect once you’ve published your debut book.
Independent publicists Lauren Cerand, Kima Jones, and Michael Taeckens on what they do for authors.
The Literary Life
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
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
A memoirist hikes through rejection during a do-it-yourself retreat in the California desert.
Why We Write: Redemption Song
A writer and editor reflects on her work as both creative impulse and ancestral redemption.
A former writing teacher explores the best methods for encouraging new talent.