Don’t Write Alone: Columns

Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Money

As part of our Money Week series, literary agent Kate McKean shares the first installment of her column on book contracts, this one addressing advances, payouts, and royalties.

Sep 16, 2021
Help! Has Motherhood Made Me Too Sensitive to Write?

In the fourth installment of our Tarot + Craft column, Sarah Elaine Smith gives advice to a writer who is having difficulty putting their main character through trauma

Bookseller Spotlight: Shirikiana Aina Gerima of Sankofa Video, Books & Café

The Washington, D.C. bookstore “represents the generation of people who kept Black publishing and Black voices alive while they were under attack.”

Aug 25, 2021
Writing the Senses: Sight

In this five-part column, Hannah Howard explores the senses from a craft perspective

Aug 19, 2021
How Do I Write Amid Erasure?

Speaking of hijacking, we can subvert the oppressor’s literature.

Aug 05, 2021
Help! Should I Write What I Want—Or Should I Try to Make Money?

In the third installment of our Tarot + Craft column, Sarah Elaine Smith gives advice to a writer who wonders if their style is too weird for readers

Writers Who Eat: Laia Jufresa in Conversation with Bix Gabriel

This is still how I write, and this is also how I cook.

Jul 27, 2021
Putting Your Ear to the Tracks: A Conversation with Leesa Cross-Smith

Jessica Wilbanks asks Leesa Cross-Smith about the craft choices at work in her short story, “Whiskey & Ribbons,” which later became a novel.

Jul 22, 2021
Bookseller Spotlight: Hannah Oliver Depp of Loyalty Bookstores

Depp has built Loyalty into a highly regarded brand, one that honors her vision of an independent bookstore committed to social justice.

Jul 20, 2021
Writing the Senses: Sound

In this five-part column, Hannah Howard explores the senses from a craft perspective

Jun 23, 2021
The Poetry of Comics: An Interview with Cartoonist Andrew Lorenzi

“Both poetry and comics excel at taking ineffable, hard-to-articulate times in life and making them into something solid.”

Jun 07, 2021
Self-Doubt and Giving Yourself Space

In the final installment of this three-part column, Eva Recinos explores how taking time away from writing is an important part of the process

Jun 03, 2021
Help! How Should I Embark on an Unfamiliar Genre Journey?

In the second installment of our Tarot + Craft column, Sarah Elaine Smith gives advice to a writer who is considering exploring a new genre

Writers Who Eat: T Kira Mahealani Madden in Conversation with Bix Gabriel

Food, writing, they’re both offerings of building community and communication.

May 24, 2021
Writing the Senses: Taste

In this five-part column, Hannah Howard explores the senses from a craft perspective

May 20, 2021
Self-Doubt and Self-Editing

In the second installment of this three-part column, Eva Recinos addresses how self-doubt can lead to self-editing, which can hold us back from writing altogether

May 10, 2021
So You Want to Start a Writing Group

For our May Writing Question of the Month, we asked a few writers what advice they’d give to someone who wants to start a writing group for the first time

Writing the Senses: Touch

In this five-part column, Hannah Howard explores the senses from a craft perspective

Apr 21, 2021
Help! My Jealousy Over Other Writers’ Success is Destroying Me

In our first Tarot + Craft column, Sarah Elaine Smith gives advice to a bitter writer