Craft Essay

Made Out of Words

If you’ve attended a few poetry and fiction readings, you’ve learned to cringe at the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” Usually, student writers ask like proselytes who need one key phrase to open up their own locked vision, and the writer stares at the floor, looking for an…

Tragedy on a Large Stage

In Raymond Carver’s iconic “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” the two couples at the center of the narrative never leave the kitchen table, and yet, over the course of its fifteen pages, the story dangles these characters over a dark existential abyss. Alice Munro’s “Runaway” places…

Riding the Elephant

A note from the author: This is an extract from a journal I kept while I traveled through South Asia some years ago on a writing assignment. I always keep journals when I travel, because some of the information might be useful later if it’s a research trip for a novel, or if I’m on assignment as…
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