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albert-flynn-desilver's picture
Jun.01.2011
Who needs a writing coach? How about everybody. Though some people might call them an editor, some of the best editors are really coaches--and many will resist the idea that they need one at all. But who among the most successful writers has not had a mentor, supportive professor, brilliant editor...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.09.2010
Speaking of year's-end book lists...Here's one of the most popular. What I note here is a mini-resurgence in fiction by mid-list (or lesser) authors - a healthy sign. I note no trends in subject matter for either fiction or non-fiction, but I do see a few more books by U.S. writers. Is this a...
tayari-jones's picture
Jun.07.2010
Today, I ran across and excellent blog post by Danielle Evans, author of the way-buzzed-up short story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her post is about MFA programs and what they can and can't do. I love the way she approaches the issue with a sort of cool-headedness that is...
jennifer-knox's picture
Dec.23.2009
This is my last post for a few weeks as I will be traveling the month of January (picking up an MFA along the way). Who but a writer (or perhaps a professional skiier) would venture to Vermont in January to pursue her passion? That's right, folks, with Texas-thin blood and a dream, I'm headed North...
alexander-chee's picture
Nov.25.2009
995 miles from Iowa to New York doesn't really describe the distance. This came in via email last night from a reader, and I was actually writing a post to address this. Q: I am debating applying to MFA programs but am not sure how worthwhile they are.  What made you decide to get your MFA?  I've...
elmaz-abinader's picture
Apr.18.2009
I hear voices in April, every April every year for the last twenty or so years. Any writer who teaches has that glassy-eyed, overwrought, reading-1000 pages a day look on her face, that pale sucked out from the computer pallor, a crick in the neck. Many of us are reading theses for students in...
evelyn-sharenov's picture
Dec.14.2008
We were in our cups, Megan and I.  She was leaving in a week to start her MFA at Missoula on a free ride!  And while I was happy for her, her lovely presence at our Wednesday evening happy hours would be missed; we usually went to the Sapphire Hotel or Colosso, popular Portland watering holes for...
scott-c-holstad's picture
Nov.28.2008
I'm blogging today for no reason.  I've got nothing to say, so I'm saying it.  Regarding my last post, thanks for the comments and the advice.  I appreciate it.  Nothing much has happened in that area over the past two weeks.  I take that as a good sign.  That said, I've been on an emotional...
m-allen-cunningham's picture
Apr.09.2008
Every fictional narrative, whether or not emergent from an actual history or preexisting story, will lay down its own laws. ... Over at the Critical Mass literary blog, one of the current PEN/Faulkner Award judges, Molly Giles, offers a glimpse of her experience sorting through the boxes and boxes...
fran-johns's picture
Mar.19.2008
At a recent San Francisco fundraiser for Narrative Magazine, Tobias Wolff, sharing the podium with Amy Tan, spoke of tempered author-envy over the lines around the block for Amy's book-signing events. "You have to love someone a lot not to want to kill her when the waiting line stretches all...