Writers on Writing

The Complete Writing Lessons

Poets, novelists, essayists, journalists, and scholars recall a piece of advice or an experience that was most helpful to their writing career.

Words of wisdom from Ralph Lombreglia, Kate Moses, Hannah Nordhaus, Aaron Sachs, Michael Katakis, Sarah Manguso, Douglas L. Wilson, Peter Turchi, Ann Hood, Christian G. Appy, George O’Brien, Graeme Wood, Dava Sobel, Joshua Davis, Robert Hellenga, M. G. Lord, Stanley Plumly, S. C. Gwynne, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Jeremy Bernstein, Ann Beattie, David Huddle, Lee Upton, Ingrid D. Rowland, Owen Gingerich, Annette Gordon-Reed, Robert Hahn, Wendy Smith, Ernest B. Furgurson, Sheila Kohler, Maud Casey, Ben Yagoda, Henry Wiencek, Paul Elie, Simon Winchester, Martha McPhee, Jeffrey Tayler, Brenda Wineapple, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Mary-Sherman Willis, Andrea Barrett, Howard Norman, Phyllis Rose, Michael Dirda, Fergus M. Bordewich, Rachel Hadas, Lee Sandlin, Emily Bernard, Sissela Bok, Jill McCorkle, Nathaniel Rich, Neil Shea, David Guterson, Paul Salopek, Colum McCann, Dennis McFarland, Robert Campbell, Charles Bowden, Bret Anthony Johnston, Jerome Charyn, Edith Pearlman, William S. McFeely, James McConkey, Stephen Goodwin, Witold Rybczynski, Hampton Sides, Maxine Kumin, and Pico Iyer


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