“Write what you do not know, which I think is particularly helpful because—not to sound too much like Socrates—I’m not really convinced that anyone knows anything.” —John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments
“It is a vulnerable thing to expose one’s least-glamorous moments to the scrutiny of the page.” —Cooper Lee Bombardier, author of Pass With Care
“I have a deeply unhealthy work-life balance in that the Venn diagram of those things is a circle.” —Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers
Carter Sickels recalls the challenges of juggling multiple first-person narrators in his novel The Prettiest Star.
“Fridays I would slash and burn upwards of 80 percent of that week’s word haul. Anything that stayed had to earn its keep.” —Tommy Pico, author of Feed
“My preferred notebook is a sharp-cornered, hardcover Roaring Spring black marble composition book with 20# paper, item number 77461, college ruled—I’m a Pisces and need a line to keep me grounded.” —Malcolm Tariq, author of Heed the Hollow
“I don’t trust any readers! And readers shouldn’t trust any writers. We’re all scoundrels, down to the last.” —Kai Cheng Thom, author of I Hope We Choose Love
“The process of writing a memoir can swallow you whole if you aren’t careful.” —Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight For Our Lives.
“Nearly everything about writing a book is hard. The hope is that it’s harder, in some way, not to.” —Oliver Baez Bendorf, author of Advantages of Being Evergreen
Sue Landers takes over as executive director of the nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ writers.