The writing workshop model presents a certain degree of risk—sharing artistic work inherently involves becoming vulnerable to critique and potential emotional fallout. Perhaps none experience this risk more than creative nonfiction writers, whose memoirs and essays are often deeply personal. Here, two writing workshop facilitators offer a set of guidelines for developing a safe, respectful workshop environment.
Tasked with developing teaching philosophy, an award-winning author of more than twenty-five books looks back on his years of teaching, and reflects on what makes an effective writing teacher.
Compose a series of tree poems, explore the supernatural with a ghost story, or examine your personal history with politics through an essay—three prompts to stretch your literary perspective.
In a testament to the power of poetry in giving shape to complex emotions, a poet reflects on how writing his poetry collection, Dear Almost, helped him find shelter amidst the grief of a miscarriage.
Employing models from fiction masters Jhumpa Lahiri, Jane Smiley, ZZ Packer, among others, fiction writer and editor Jennifer De Leon explores various approaches to craft endings in fiction.
Any job has the potential to teach us valuable lessons about writing. Novelist Hannah Gersen shares what she learned about writing fiction from working as a speechwriter for the New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner.
Muslim teen poetry group addresses U.S. Islamophobia; authors set to perform Oscar Wilde’s work in the prison where he served a sentence; Viet Thanh Nguyen on the process of writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel; and other news.
Neil Gaiman's Norse mythology; breaking taboos and loving the characters we fear; twelve essential American books; and other news.
An author, essayist, and DC Comics writer shares what he’s learned from writing comics, and how the process has shaped his narrative voice.
Create a found poem, break your habits, or be an ambassador to your own country—three prompts to ignite the creative process.