Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson discuss their new books, the techniques and craft decisions they used in writing these collections, and the occasion to which both books respond: Hopler’s diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer in 2017.
“I can’t imagine myself without this book.” —Jana Larson, author of Reel Bay
Eight authors—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mark Wunderlich, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Samantha Hunt, Edward Carey, Juan Felipe Herrera, Darcey Steinke, and Terrance Hayes—offer a glimpse into their notebooks and their creative process.
The author describes her failed attempts at sitting down to write, and turns to the lives and methods of famous writers, as well as her experiences as a mother, to find a way to write with a sense of spontaneity and play.
Wanderlust, nature vs. tech, and speculative recollection—three prompts to get pen to paper.
A former writing teacher explores the best methods for encouraging new talent.
A writer and editor reflects on her work as both creative impulse and ancestral redemption.
Novelists Caroline Leavitt and Jonathan Evison discuss the books that just didn’t work.
Use found language to compose a poem, incorporate video games into a story, or write an essay on selflessness—three prompts to bring your writing to life this winter.
After the death of her son, a writer copes with immeasurable loss and grief through a daily practice: writing more than two hundred thank-you notes.