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Recent Posts & Projects
  • A writing workshop at The Power Plant, connected to Ydessa Hendeles’ exhibition The Milliners’ Daughter.

  • Author, editor, and book nerd Mark Leslie on the craft of telling stories, and the business of finding an audience.

  • Recapping a recent solo retreat, and why nothing compares to getting away from it all.

  • In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.

    – Raymond Chandler

  • And by the way, here's my theory of punctuation:
    Instead of a period at the end of each sentence, there should be a tiny clock that shows you how long it took you to write that sentence.

    – Laurie Anderson

  • sometimes a book isn't a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. sometimes it's the only story you know how to tell.

    – Tahereh Mafi

  • Don't tell me about the pain. Show me the baby.

    — Bill Parcells

  • You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.

    – Doris Lessing

  • Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?

    – Kurt Vonnegut

  • There is only one plot – things are not as they seem.

    – Jim Thompson

  • People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up into the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.

    – Harlan Ellison

  • Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.

    –Flannery O’Connor

  • Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.

    – May Sarton