The author of Each of Us Killers reflects on how music has informed her fiction.
Craft Capsules from Poets & Writers
The author of Each of Us Killers shares strategies for reinventing folktales and myths for contemporary times.
The author of Each of Us Killers shares a manifesto for literary criticism.
The author of Each of Us Killers explains why reading and writing are forms of translation.
The author of RENDANG consults poems by Monica Youn, Meiling Jin, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge to analyze how racial markers function in poetry.
The author of RENDANG reflects on the value of uncertainty in his reading and writing lives.
The author of RENDANG considers the complex relationships embedded in the act of looking.
The author of RENDANG blurs the boundary between narrative and lyric.
The author of RENDANG imagines poetry as a house with many corridors.
The author of Horsepower recalls the tricks that helped her revise and assemble her collection.
The author of Horsepower reimagines the bildungsroman to honor the narrative arc of Black childhood.
The author of Horsepower examines and resists the racism and subconscious anxieties that infect the U.S. literary imagination.
The author of Horsepower suggests putting aside knowledge and focusing on unlearning.
The author of This Is One Way to Dance resists genre limitations and seeks her own unique form.
The author of This Is One Way to Dance reflects on using fragments to build a larger structure.
The author of This Is One Way to Dance considers the consonances and dissonances between dance and writing.
The author of This Is One Way to Dance shares how notes—footnotes, codas, prologues, corrections—figure into her writing process.
The author of The Prettiest Star shares strategies and questions that help him get to know his characters.
The author of The Prettiest Star celebrates the magic of minor characters.
The author of The Prettiest Star explores a variety of archives to help him capture the specific spirit and look of the eighties.
Carter Sickels recalls the challenges of juggling multiple first-person narrators in his novel The Prettiest Star.
The author of The Prettiest Star recommends keeping a novel-dedicated notebook for ideas, research, and informal experiments.
The author of the novel The Prettiest Star shares an exercise to help you approach your manuscript from a new angle.
Emma Copley Eisenberg finds inspiration on the open road, driving more than ten thousand miles in three months.
Emma Copley Eisenberg borrows a creative exercise from beloved writer and comics artist Lynda Barry.