Turning My Sons into Readers

Column by Jay Wilburn
Turning children into lifelong readers can be challenging. As a father, an author, and a former teacher, Jay Wilburn discusses how he approached this task with his sons.

What I Learned at Residency — How to Believe In Myself Again

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson reflects on what she got out of a 10-day grad school residency in Vermont.

Do It For The Kids: I Wrote A Book On Sylvia Plath That I Wish I Had As A Teenager

Column by Patricia Grisafi March 16, 2022
We still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.

What I Do and Don't Think I'll Get Out of My MFA in Writing

Column by Karis Rogerson January 19, 2022
Writer Karis Rogerson is pursuing a long-held dream of getting an MFA. Here, she shares some of what she does and doesn't expect to gain from the program.

A Year Expanding the Canon: Reading Non-WASP Stories

Column by Rob Blair Young June 8, 2021
Until a few years ago, the bulk of my reading came from "WASP" authors. So I spent a year intentionally exploring works from authors of different backgrounds. This is what I learned.

Don't Fear the Short Story

Column by Joshua Isard April 20, 2021
Aspiring novelist need to see the short story as an important part of their growth as writers.

Critical Analysis: The Key Skill High School Kills

Column by Rob Blair Young April 16, 2021
Many students are stuck in "high school thinking" that prevents real critical analysis. In this article I define what that means, identify where students go wrong, and speculate on why this happens.

Five Things I Loved (and Five I Loathed) About My MFA Experience

Column by Rob Blair Young March 12, 2021
My MFA experience was, in a word, mixed. In this column, I highlight some of the best and worst things about my time pursuing my Master's of Fine Arts in fiction.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Fourth Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias June 5, 2020
The last semester of the Gabino Iglesias MFA is here! You made it...but not before you get through these classes. Then, the real work begins.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Third Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias May 19, 2020
Survived your first year? Welcome to the second year of the world's most honest, useful, and entertaining MFA!

The Truths And Lies About An English Degree

Column by Peter Derk May 14, 2020
Take it from someone who's been there, some of what people tell you is true, and some of it is bull.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Second Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias April 28, 2020
You survived the first semester? Awesome! Here's what we're doing next.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: First Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias April 15, 2020
I created a perfect MFA. Here are the classes you'll take during the first semester.

Talking Myself Out of the MFA

Column by Peter Derk January 23, 2020
It's the time of year for my annual de-motivational talk: Why I'm not applying for any MFA programs.

Library Love: The Future is Open

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 2, 2018
Open Access is a movement that seeks to circumvent barriers preventing access to information. Think traditional publishing is the only way to go? Think again.

Even Writers Can Participate In Take Your Kid to Work Day

Column by Stephanie Bonjack April 26, 2018
Some professions offer the most amazing stuff for kids to interact with on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. And others have, well, computers. How to make the day interesting and memorable.

5 Reasons to Study Creative Writing in School

Column by Karis Rogerson March 22, 2018
There are a slew of reasons to study creative writing in college, if you have the opportunity and chance. Here are just a few.

Storyville: Life, Death, Dreams, and Failure

Column by Richard Thomas November 21, 2017
What are you doing about your dreams? Go after them now. TODAY!

Five Tools for the Journeyman Writer

Column by Melissa F. Olson November 9, 2017
Where are all the resources geared toward mid-career writers?

An Agent is a Living M.F.A.

Column by Christoph Paul March 1, 2017
I compare the benefits of getting an M.F.A to the education you get from an agent. I conclude that you get more out of working with an agent than attending an M.F.A. program.

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

Column by Richard Thomas August 17, 2016
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.

The Problems and Virtues of a University Creative Writing Education

Column by Rob Blair Young May 21, 2015
Is the way we're doing things really working? What's right about our approach? What needs to change? This article re-thinks the way we approach university-level creative writing education.
Author Sends Book to Space

Author Sends Book to Space

News by Raine Winters April 17, 2015
Reading is about to go galaxy-wide!

The Self-Taught MFA: Novel Idea or Fairy Tale?

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard September 19, 2014
MFA programs are like Club Med for writers. Everything's included: Great locales! Interesting People! Loads of alcohol! (And plenty of reasons to drink it.) But what about the road less traveled?

Why Are Textbooks So Fucking Expensive?

Column by Leah Dearborn September 4, 2014
Differing studies have found that the average U.S. student spends between $600 and $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. What exactly makes textbooks so expensive?