Magazine Articles Tagged With creative process

Growing a Literary Garden, the Art of the Sex Scene, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.26.15

What to read in the dog days of summer; libraries on bikes; a children's book that induces hypnosis; and other news.

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The Way of the Workshop

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

Kevin Larimer

Not all MFA workshops are created equal. Eight writers and teachers describe their individual approaches to workshop and the culture of the classroom, revealing a range of aesthetic and pedagogical principles that reaffirm the value of writers coming together to share their work and learn from one another. 

 

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The Mature MFA: Going Back to School as an Older Student

by Shannon Reed

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

Shannon Reed

Shannon Reed’s friends didn’t quite understand her decision to go back to school at the age of thirty-eight to earn an MFA. For writers thinking about returning to school as an older student, Reed provides a primer for what to expect, soliciting sage advice from several writers who made the same decision.

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My Own Path to Publication: Choosing to Forgo the MFA

by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Though helpful to many writers, the MFA degree is not a requirement to become a working writer, particularly if teaching is not one’s career goal. Novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee talks about her decision to forgo the MFA, and forge her own path to publication. 

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Story Collection as Form: Building a Book of Short Fiction

by Justin Taylor

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Justin Taylor

How does a story collection happen? Justin Taylor, the author of two short story collections, offers advice about the various ways in which to build a book of short fiction.

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Getting the Led Out: Discovering a Better Essay in the Foothills of South Carolina

by Joni Tevis

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Joni Tevis

The process of writing is one of discovery. A creative nonfiction writer describes how an essay in her new collection came to life, with a little unexpected help from Led Zeppelin. 

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Know Thyself: The Linguistics of Place

by Jeremiah Chamberlin

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Jeremiah Chamberlin

Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin discusses the value in understanding and appreciating the linguistics of place—in this case, the Midwest—in works of fiction, using the stories of Jack Driscoll and Bonnie Jo Campbell as examples.

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Staff

Compose a poem from a stranger’s perspective, unlock your unconscious with “automatic writing,” or create your own astrological forecast—three prompts to help you reach new depths in your writing.

 

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Adjunct Anxiety: Teaching, Writing, Constantly Striving

by Melissa Febos

The Practical Writer

Posted 8.19.15

Melissa Febos

Adjuncting can be difficult, even for those who love teaching writing. A writer and teacher recounts the challenges of her adjunct experiences after graduating with an MFA and publishing her first book. 

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 6.17.15

Staff

Follow in the dactylic footsteps of Homer, leave everyone behind for a solo journey, or report the breaking news of your own life—three prompts to help start your writing off on a great adventure.

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