Don’t Write Alone: Notes on Craft

Lessons from the Paintbrush to the Pen

I discovered that storytelling is also just as much science as art.

Dec 22, 2021
Why We Should Translate Literature About Trauma

Translating trauma and violence is not just about deciphering pain but also about recreating an emotional language that helps us to understand each other better.

Dec 16, 2021
What You May Never Find During the Research Process

What happens to your writing project if you are unable to find a particular source? Adin Dobkin shares two options: either you carry on or decide the project is valueless without it.

Dec 15, 2021
The Working Metaphors of Novel Writing

Ingrid Rojas Conteras speaks to Naima Coster, Alexandra Kleeman, R. O. Kwon, Laura van den Berg, and Bryan Washington about the language they use to describe writing novels.

Bringing Acting Technique to Exploratory Writing

When beginning a new written work, apply acting exercises to explore the intent, sensory experiences, and focus of your writing.

Native Flowers and True Names: Using Research to Write Richer Narrative Fiction

To write her book ‘If You Leave Me,’ Crystal Hana Kim used research to be true to Korea, down to its roots.

Nov 30, 2021
What If We Taught Writing the Way We Teach Acting?

Actors studied movement, script analysis, emotional connection, our bodies, our voices. In my writing MFA, we got . . . workshop.

Nov 10, 2021
Drafting a Personal Essay Is Like Stumbling Through a Dance

You can study all you want, but it’s only in the act of doing that you learn what’s right and what isn’t.

Don’t Call It Writer’s Block

It’s rare to hear writers—especially more established ones—claim that term in public.

Sep 23, 2021
Writing Down the Ghosts

My whole process of writing is tricking my brain into writing without realizing what I’m doing, to make myself write even when the idea of writing instills a vomity feeling in my gut.

Sep 20, 2021
The Memoir Time Machine

As a writer of personal nonfiction, I worry that with every memoir or essay, I risk fragmenting and simplifying my life into words living on pages.

Aug 18, 2021
A Memoir Should Be a Conversation, Not a Monologue

It’s about suggesting, right there on the page, that the writer is no more important than the reader.

Aug 16, 2021
Branching Infinity: Exploring the Many Structures of Interactive Fiction

The difference between interactive and traditional fiction isn’t a clear binary at all: Both require an approach to structure that balances openness and control, and each contains lessons for the other.

Jul 26, 2021
A Cow with a Hole in It

The thing that’s so difficult about personal essays is that they’re awfully personal. There’s an answer to this conundrum, and it has to do with cows.

Jun 28, 2021
Is Your Idea Better Suited to a Novel or a Short Story?

You’ll start to note the difference between your longer- and shorter-form ideas—but if you’re not sure, there are some questions you can ask.

Jun 22, 2021
What Matters Most Is Showing Up

If I can write a novel on no sleep, no time, no artist’s life, no fancy residency, and under massive amounts of pressure, someone else can too.

Jun 07, 2021
Opening the Gate to the Stranger and Strange Thought

Toni Mirosevich explains the writing process behind one of her Catapult essays and explores one of her craft theories, which she calls “opening the gate”

May 18, 2021
A Musical Key to Earth’s Wild Music

Here are five animals, each with the music it makes or inspires, and each with a bit of its story, selected from Earth’s Wild Music.

A Case Against Killing Your Darlings

I want any novel I write to be full of darlings. If possible, all darlings.

Apr 05, 2021