here are some of my go-to’s to deepen craft
Read, underline, print-out, and dance this bit from Colum McCann’s Letters To A Young Writer. I keep a print-out of this tacked to my wall in my office and it gives me great courage.
Joe Fassler’s “By Heart” column in The Atlantic is deep craft inspiration. He’s the editor of one of my favorite anthologies ever, Light The Dark. He basically interviews all kinds of authors about their process.
Here’s Fassler’s interview with Andre Dubus III, which is prehaps the best essay I’ve ever read on writing.
The Paris Review: Again, more amazing interviews with fantastic writers. They have an astounding backlist with the greats.
Susan Dennard: I mention her in the publishing resources, as well. I love how she talks about process and craft. Her newsletter is a joy in my inbox, and she has TONS of resources online for writers.
If you’re thinking about getting an MFA, I went to Vermont College of Fine Arts. Low-residency is, IMO, the only way to go. The decision to get an MFA is complex and personal. There are many considerations and your pro/con list might look surprisingly even. VCFA has an amazing community that you will dip into long after graduation. They have semester-long options, if you aren’t up for the fill immersion.
Head over to the Books Portal to see all the books I love. See below for craft and creativity recommendations. As many of you know, I’m deep in love with Story Genius. I also really love John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction. For process, my go-to’s are Bird by Bird and Big Magic.