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The Monster: A Rumination on Victor Frankenstein and the Horror of the Writing Process

S. F. Siddiqui | Posted 11.01.2016 | Arts
S. F. Siddiqui

Victor Frankenstein spent "nearly two years" digging through graves and working in his laboratory, collecting perfect pieces of the human body to anim...

The Naked Truth About Sex And The Single Evangelical

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.28.2016 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall For the young evangelical Christian, chastity before marriage seems to be a hot topic -- if the folks I met in my spiritu...

Houston, We Have a Conference!

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
Anis Shivani

At one of the panels at the inaugural Writefest conference (moderated by historical fiction author Karleen Koen, and including the director of Writesp...

7 Tips for Writers Looking for Lucky Breaks

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Crossing the threshold from unpublished to published author was a similar journey for me: I had to keep pounding on that door until, one crack at a time, it gave way. There was no one lucky break. It was more like a hundred of them.

6 Survival Tips for Women Writers

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Leave home. I don't care if you borrow a friend's empty kitchen while she's away for the weekend, sign up for a writing retreat, or rent a motel room, but find a way to get out of your house. Your family will survive and you will come to embrace this time, making the almighty leap between caretaker and woman writer easier.

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

I felt intensely grateful that I'd had a writing mentor in college who had modeled dedicated, patient, relaxed, non-bullying work with students. Not changing what your students write but doing your best to bring it into fuller bloom. That's not easy.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

The Kitchen Analog and the Fiction Workshop

Food Riot | Posted 10.26.2013 | Taste
Food Riot

The Internet is not the bad guy here. Rather, it's replacing knowledge, instinct and personal creativity with the Internet that can, but not necessarily must, lead to those feelings of burn-out and defeat.

Khaled Hosseini on Workshops, Editors, and Calling Yourself a Writer

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Khaled Hosseini when I joined the San Francisco Writers Workshop. Listening to him read his work week after week, it was clear he was a writer of amazing talent. He has a new book out, And the Mountains Echoed, so we thought we'd pick his brain about the writing life.

How She Does It: A Day in the Life of a College Writing Professor

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Stephanie Vanderslice

Your house is pretty messy, though it would pass a health department inspection with no problem, which has become your standard. Colleagues regularly comment on the jumble that is your office.

Truth. Love. Laughter. Life.

Marcella Grillo | Posted 05.12.2012 | Teen
Marcella Grillo

Being a writer, you kind of figure that poetry is just spilling out what you feel onto a page, but often the most inspiring words are the most unexpected.

Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Therapy For The Disaffected Masses

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Creative writing is a subset of therapy, with the same essential modalities -- except, like everything else in our culture, it comes in a stripped, dumbed down version that partakes little of the rigors of psychotherapy.

A Poetry Editor Reveals the Secrets of the Trade: Raymond Hammond on How to Fix the Current Poetry Paradigm

Anis Shivani | Posted 02.10.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Raymond Hammond is editor of the poetry journal New York Quarterly and the related book imprint New York Quarterly Books, as well as being an esteemed poet in his own right. I recently had a wide-ranging conversation with him about the state of affairs in the poetry world.

Mikhail Iossel's Writerly Brainchild

Ming Holden | Posted 02.04.2012 | Books
Ming Holden

Mikhail Iossel's creation pretty much is the international literary scene to North Americans, at least where writing workshops are concerned.

Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.

The New Face of the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

There are now too many literary artists, publishers, readings, salons, conferences, creative writing programs, literary magazines, and bohemian coteries for any one person to keep tabs on.

Creative Writing Programs

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Just as the guild structure was socially conservative--and hence easily superseded when the more progressive market system, flourishing along with the industrial economy, came along--so is the present MFA credentialing system.

Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Myth: MFA programs are desperate for tuition dollars, so they'll admit almost anyone. Fact: Portland State's MFA (ranked #52 nationally) is a tougher admit than University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate program.

America's Most Prominent Emerging Poets Respond to the Obama Administration

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. The resulting anthology is very revealing.