Don’t Write Alone: Writing Life

I May Not Look Like a “Respectable” Teacher, But I’m a Good One

As part of our Education Week series, Edgar Gomez reflects on how presenting himself authentically as a teacher cultivates a more open and honest learning environment.

Jan 26, 2022
After I Left Teaching, the Best Writing Lesson Came from My Students

As part of our Education Week series, Purnima Mani reflects on her career as a teacher—and which lessons stayed with her when she quit to write full-time.

Jan 25, 2022
Why PhDs Need to Study Creative Writing

To reach audiences outside the ivory tower of academia, one must care about the storytelling as much as the sociology.

Jan 19, 2022
Dreaming of Writing While Waiting Tables

I recently realized that my dream of being a writer, which escorted me into the restaurant industry, will eventually escort me out.

Jan 11, 2022
How Do You Find a Writers’ Group? Try Making Your Own

A roundtable discussion between five writers in a writers’ groups about building—and maintaining—writers’ groups.

Jan 05, 2022
What If I Never Publish Another Book?

Book publishing is one hell of a marathon. As soon as one race ends, another begins.

Jan 04, 2022
Writing Haibun and Parenting Like a Poet

My daughter is both woman and girl, loving me and needing to find space from me, and I am teacher and student, confident and terrified.

Dec 22, 2021
Being a Good Lawyer Can Make You a Bad Writer

But being a good writer makes me an even better lawyer.

Dec 13, 2021
How Pottery Taught Me to Love Writing First Drafts

I reveled in the circularity of pottery: All mass—all creative matter—was conserved.

Dec 07, 2021
If I Want to Be a Writer, I Can’t Teach Writing

I wanted the dullest, most mindless job possible. I wanted all the stress to vanish. Maybe, if I had the freedom to think about nothing, I could write again.

Nov 10, 2021
Writing an Ordinary Existence

I didn’t know how to make things happen in fiction—maybe because the drama of my life seemed so ordinary to everyone else.

Nov 02, 2021
I Found My Literary Community by Writing Book Reviews

My goal wasn’t to become a career critic, but to get the word out about books I felt deserved the attention.

Oct 13, 2021
Publishing Your Debut Book Is Like Baking Croissants—Messy, But Worth It

Outside the publishing industry, I don’t think we spend enough time discussing the labor behind writing a book.

Oct 06, 2021
Loss, Uncertainty, and Love Brought Me to Literary Translation

I often think about translation as a standalone language—without it, we all become our own islands, floating on a vast ocean without ever coming across each other.

Sep 13, 2021
Setting Boundaries is the First Step to Becoming a “Real Writer”

I wanted to be a writer, and I thought my work-life balance was the price I had to pay. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Writing Will Not Save Us

There is true, gut-wrenching grief in learning that sometimes even our wildest dreams aren’t enough to save, heal, or absolve us.

Aug 12, 2021
Bullet Journaling to Save a Life

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, I resolved that a soft-cover turquoise journal and a set of brush pens would guide me back to myself.

On Writing (with a Day Job)

There are many kinds of writing lives, and yours includes a day job.

Jul 19, 2021
The Joy of Writing Got Me Through the Pandemic

I decided I was going to write something just for me, something I loved, to keep me company during the hard, lonely months of 2020.

Jul 15, 2021
My Heart Is a Bibliography: On Being a Writer Without a University Degree

A part of me fears that my writing community will take me less seriously if they find out my highest academic honor is a high school diploma.

Jul 13, 2021