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Creative Writing

To Write is Human

Ella Turenne | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Ella Turenne

These men were not prisoners. They were writers, friends, teachers, creators, lovers, brothers, sons and fathers. In each of these stories lay the foundation of humanity. In word, inflection and intention was the truth: everyone has a story.

Jon Stewart and the Kids

Ming Holden | Posted 12.01.2011 | Home
Ming Holden

Jon Stewart came to Indiana for my birthday. Well, okay, on my birthday. When I was a college freshman in 2002, we used to gather in the basement o...

How Will It End?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Warren Adler

Ask an artist why he or she does anything to create their art and they will come up with explanations that often baffle the questioner. Especially if he or she must answer questions like: Do you know how your novel will end in advance?

Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist, Part 2

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Small

One of the most painful lessons I struggled to accept was that my words and ideas were not sacred.

Note to Authors: Your Book Won't Change Your Life

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.27.2011 | Books
Eliezer Sobel

Regardless, to actually live the life of the writer requires writing -- the actual thing itself, the literal activity of putting words together on a page.

In Someone Else's Words

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 11.26.2011 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

The number of writers who repurpose other writers' words and call it legitimate original artwork (not to mention the number of advocates for such a practice) is -- very disconcertingly -- on the rise.

Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Small

Every time I walk into a bookstore and I see a novel written by a celebrity or some newly-minted reality star, I cringe. Yes, I'm jealous and resentful. But the truth is the book publishing business is a terrible business.

Why Fiction Still Matters in the Digital Age

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

I wonder whether writing fiction matters in a digital age. Truth is, between emails, text messages, Facebook status updates, and tweets, we are all writing quite a lot these days. We are often overwhelmed by words.

Don't Write What You Know

The Atlantic | Posted 10.01.2011 | Books

EVERY WEDNESDAY, I teach an introductory fiction workshop at Harvard University, and on the first day of class I pass out a bullet-pointed list of thi...

Jealousy And Creative Writing: Dealing With Green-Eyed Monster | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books

In Natalie Merchant’s 1995 song “Jealousy,” a woman asks these questions about a rival for her lover’s affections: “Is she bright/so well re...

Why Writing Is a Foolish Pleasure

Roger Housden | Posted 08.15.2011 | Books
Roger Housden

Who would have thought it? To live a life of words spilling out of the mind, out of the heart onto the page and into the eyes of invisible strangers. ...

Could He Have Created Twitter? Exploring The Limits Of Creative Genius

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Michael Jackson was the epitome of creativity. But I wonder, how far did his genius spread? With his innovative powers, could he have created Twitter? This isn't an easy question to answer.

Nine Ways to Screw Up Your Creative Mojo

Mary Beth Maziarz | Posted 08.02.2011 | Arts
Mary Beth Maziarz

Talk a lot and don't do anything. Rattle on to people who won't challenge you to act on your ideas. Regularly pepper your language with long lists of excuses, and shut down offers of help or suggestions for solutions.

Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Poetry contests are about the only remaining way to publish a first poetry book. And that's one way poetry is being killed in this country, reduced to consensus-by-committee, stripped of individual vision.

Penciled-In Generation

Kelsey Ford | Posted 07.27.2011 | College
Kelsey Ford

Recently, I've been emailing with a friend from back home. "Job stability is for parents," he wrote. "And perhaps debtors." I don't think he's wrong.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2011-2012)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

The twenty-five programs listed here fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students, yet still receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.

Book Science: A Periodic Table Of Storytelling | Posted 06.13.2011 | Books

Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: [link] Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days....

4 Ways To Manage Fear

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lauck

In the face of disaster in Japan, can we stop our fearful thoughts? Can we even go a step further and maintain a calm state of mind that breeds more calm?

Memoirs About Love: A Reading List

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lisa Dale Norton

I was slow to accept the reality of what I instinctively knew: Memoirists are not a crowd who write personal narratives of blissfully joyous times, of hearts and flowers and romantic love.

"Winter Whether" Brings Back Memories of My Cancer

Claudia Ricci | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Claudia Ricci

I carry my cup of tea into the living room and stand at the door. I stare out at the pine trees, their boughs laden in snow. I open the door. I inhale. The air is a painful blast.

The Top 10 Creative Writing MFA Program Websites

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Ever since novelist Tom Kealey advised MFA applicants to consider a program's online promotional materials, young writers have been comparing notes about which program websites measure up.

New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Why take part in the game at all? Who has ever come out of it alive, able to set up tent and build followers on the other side?

The Poetry Of Wikileaks: How 1830 Cables Became Haikus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

# As is typical, the Pope stayed above the fray and did not comment. 00HARARE5461.txt # Whether such tactics will have a chilling effect remains...

Six More Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

In an earlier article, six myths about the creative writing Master of Fine Arts were busted. Here, six more go under the ax.

WATCH: Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We introduce three brilliant emerging poets, all with poetry books out in early 2011. They give us an intimate look at what these books mean for thei...