Interview with Janet Fitch: Why Historical Fiction?

"People think you get to this magical place where you know what you’re doing... But every novel is a completely new animal. You’re always a beginner. That makes it interesting!"

Lidia Yuknavitch's Love Letter to Fellow Misfits

Some of us manage to invent bodies, voices, and lives worth living even though we don’t fit in to the normative socius.

Iain Thomas: Why Read Poetry?

Young people find something a poet has written, take a picture and post it to their social media accounts as a way to say, “I’ve felt this. I just didn't know how to say it."

Interview With Jennifer Egan

"I always explore whether or not people can change, whether they can escape the circumstances of their past. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t."

Why Get Out of Bed?

What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.

Alice Hoffman Talks About New Book: "The Rules of Magic"

"No matter what, love more and not less. I didn’t realize that’s what the message of this book was until the end."

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

New Book: How to Write a Forever Letter

In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.

Elise Hooper: Is All Writing Autobiographical?

We write fiction and create characters to explore questions, and these questions are often uncertainties we have about ourselves.

Sometimes to Love Yourself, You Need a New Name

I’m changing only three letters, Carolyn to Caroline, which seems like a simple uneventful, thing to do, but to me, it feels like a lifting of a curse.

My Life as an Unlikable Woman

Janelle Brown's characters do everything that she is afraid of doing herself.

Julia Glass Talks About "Overnight" Success and New Novel

Is fame and fortune really rewarding? Sustainable? The author of "A House Among the Trees" explores the perils of success.

My Husband Is Not My Soulmate, but Could He Be?

I used to love telling how my husband and I met. How I knew he was “the one” but wasn’t attracted to him in that gotta-have way. Read why I stopped telling that story.

Claire Dederer Talks About Love & Trouble

"...I went through old journals and letters and photos, revisiting my younger self. I won’t pretend it wasn’t excruciating, but that research really did inform the whole book."

The Karma of Creativity

You volunteer, help others, treat the barista with respect, and try to be kind, and when you sit down to write, your imagination turns on like a friendly lightning bolt.

A Conversation With Dani Shapiro About Memory and Marriage

"I was aware that in attempting to tell the truth of our marriage I was at risk of exposing or betraying it. That was the high-wire act."

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Kristina Baker Kline reveals the story behind an Andrew Wyeth painting that inspired her new novel, "A Piece of the World."

How I Learned to Stop Lying, by Marcia Butler

I couldn’t tolerate even one person knowing what had happened to me — even my therapist. The shame was crippling.

Dear Mr. President: New Anthology of Letters from Teens

Letters to President Trump from diverse students nationwide express a wide range of concerns as well as compassion.

3 Inspiring Stories of Everyday Compassion

These folks have made the world a little brighter for others in totally different ways.

New Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Caring less can actually lead to more happiness, better relationships, and greater success. Here's how.

My Mother's First Love at Age 93, by Caroline Leavitt

My mother begins to talk about love differently. It’s no longer the thing that ruins lives, that traps you. Instead, it’s this wonderful secret she wants to share with everyone.

Are Self-Esteem and Creativity Connected?

Sustaining creative work requires respecting yourself, honoring your life, and the humility and faith to keep going despite the ambiguity...

New Book: Why Knowing Fact From Fiction Really Does Matter

In confronting the difficult problems America faces, we all need to have a point of view... a sense of how the world works, and the ability to distinguish solutions from rhetoric.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

"Original Voices": New Book Gives Homeless Women Their Say

"Original Voices" is the perfect title for this collection of poems, essays and wonderings, written by homeless women in Seattle.

23 Everyday Ways You Can Say 'I Love You'

We all appreciate a bit of bling every once in awhile, but it’s the everyday actions and romantic gestures that really add up to long-lasting love.

Seven Rules You Should Break to Get Ahead

Some of the advice we were given as kids isn't true but sticks with us anyway -- and may be holding us back in one way or another.

Rob Roberge: Seven Lies I Told Myself About My Addiction

After being diagnosed with a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living, drugs, and concussions, Rob Roberge became terrified of losing his identity.

4 Truths About Lies and Liars

As much as we say we detest being lied to, most of us stretch the truth an average of three times during a 10-minute conversation. Is it sometimes better to lie—and be lied to?

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