“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.
A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.
Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.
A former writing teacher explores the best methods for encouraging new talent.
From albums and movies to naps and snacks, a series of suggestions from fifty-two authors on how to help keep your creativity flowing throughout the year.
“Become an open door,” “Say anything,” and “Begin where you are.” Seven ways to reconnect to your writing, from one of the country’s most prolific poets.
The executive director of National Novel Writing Month and cofounder of 100 Word Story considers how constraints can help writers access inventiveness and increase productivity.
With insight from authors Jennifer Egan, Jane Hirshfield, and Nayomi Munaweera, a writer explores ways to return to older writing projects with a fresh eye.
An exploration of windows as creative tools: how they expand our horizons in the world and in writing, acting as frames for observation and portals to the new worlds we discover in our art.