Magazine Articles Tagged With writing exercises

Perversity of Spirit: What It Takes to Be a Writer

by Rufi Thorpe

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.14

Rufi Thorpe

One author argues that talent is the least important part of becoming a writer.

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No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Elizabeth Kostova

Channeling some of our earliest memories, and specifically the physical objects that often exist at the center of such recollections, can prove to be a productive writing exercise—and might just open the floodgates to inspiration. 

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Pedestrian Adventures: Walking to Inspiration

by Celia Johnson

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Celia Johnson

A number of writers—including Dickens, Thoreau, Woolf, and Wordsworth, to name a few—have turned to walking for inspiration. This essay explores the myriad benefits that ambulatory excercise can have on the creative life. 

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Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Harryette Mullen

Poet Harryette Mullen explains how daily walks inspired her most recent collection, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013), and shares a selection of poems from the book. 

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A Crucial Collaboration: Reader-Writer-Character-Book

by Ruth Ozeki

The Literary Life

Posted 5.1.13

May/June 2013

Character calls forth writer. Writer calls forth reader. It seems straightforward—but is it? Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki explores the relationships embedded in every novel and work of fiction.

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Editor Christian Wiman Leaving Poetry Magazine, Susan Shapiro's Memoir Advice, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.2.13

Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.

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The Secret Lives of Stories: Rewriting Our Personal Narratives

by Frank Bures

Feature

Posted 1.1.13

January/February 2013

Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.

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The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts for the New Year

by Staff

Special Section

Posted 12.31.12

January/February 2013

To coincide with the publication of our Inspiration Issue in 2011, we began offering The Time Is Now, a weekly series of writing prompts posted online and available via e-mail. With the January/February 2013 issue, we bring The Time Is Now to print. Look for it as an ongoing column.

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Randy Susan Meyers's Homemade MFA, Peek Inside Random House, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.21.12

The Morning News collected a large group of writers and asked them their thoughts on the important events of 2012; the Spectator asked its writers which great books they most hate; author Randy Susan Meyers details helpful advice on creating a personalized writing program; and other news.

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Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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