Lynn Steger Strong

Instructor & Writer
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Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in March 2016. She received an MFA from Columbia University and her non-fiction has been published in Guernica, LARB,, Catapult, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Columbia University, Fairfield University, and the Pratt Institute.


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Cover Photo:  Photograph by Gabriel Crismariu via Unsplash
What I Imagined Motherhood Would Be, and What It Is

When you give birth to a life, you are also giving birth to a death.

Cover Photo: How She Did It: On Penelope Fitzgerald, Writing, and Women at Work by Lynn Steger Strong
How She Did It: On Penelope Fitzgerald, Writing, and Women at Work

Fitzgerald was ground down, I imagine, consumed by how to take care of her family. This didn’t make her any less the thinker, writer, reader, that she was.

Cover Photo: Edward Peters "Paparazzi" via Flickr
Capture This: How We Live Away From the Lens

I was embarrassed each time I got out my camera.

Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Why I Wanted to Write About Anger

I want to write about space and time, and feeling like somehow we’ve always had less of it than our male counterparts.

Cover Photo: photo by galwonder/flickr
The Story I Can’t Write About My Family

In fiction, one needs motivations, wants, and fears; one needs cause and effect. In life, it’s messier.

Cover Photo: bellonaspqr

On Virginia Woolf, making hats, escapism, and how to write a novel that readers will read.