What I learned about writing and storytelling from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It’s been my habit, when faced with a question I cannot answer, to break into song. It happened once at a Harvard conference on narrative. Unable to think of a better story example, I began singing “Rudolph

Elena Ferrante: this is my last column, after a year that has scared and inspired me

This exercise ends here: I gave myself a year, and the year is up. I had never done work like this, and I hesitated a good deal before trying it. I was afraid of the weekly deadline;

Poet’s Notebook: A different adventure

One time in high school, about a hundred years ago, I was working on a book report on E. M. Forster’s Passage to India , and read a brief bio that said “As a young man, Forster

‘I Don’t Want My Writing to Be Charming’

Late one November evening in her Oslo apartment, the Norwegian novelist Linn Ullmann told me a terrific story. We had been speaking for four days — in the apartment; in her writing studio; in restaurants and taxis;

Dougie Poynter to write environmental children’s book about plastic

Dougie Poynter is writing a book for children to teach them about the impact plastic has on the environment. Plastics Sucks! You Can Make A Difference is the McFly star’s first project as a solo author. In

Must Writers Be Moral? Their Contracts May Require It

When you see publishers and authors chatting chummily at book parties, you’re likely to think that they’re on the same side — the side of great literature and the free flow of ideas. In reality, their interests

A writer’s retreat: GSMA offers writing residency in the Smokies

Steve Kemp moved to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1987 for what would become a 30-year career with the Great Smoky Mountains Association, and following his 2017 retirement GSMA is looking to honor his contributions to the

Dream job: the writer paid to send millions to sleep

There are countless writing rules that authors are urged to follow, but they can probably all be boiled down to one: seize your reader’s attention and keep it. Phoebe Smith, one of the most popular writers you’ve

This Writing Technique Will Make Your Readers Fall in Love With Your Sentences

Two of the most vital skills you should focus on as a writer are how to tell a story that works and how to develop compelling characters . But once you’ve got that figured out, aren’t there

‘Frieda B.’ series author encourages kids to write their own story

Connecticut-based author Renata Bowers’ “Frieda B.” series books are written to encourage both literacy and empathy in children. ( Children’s book author Renata Bowers is as delightful in interview as her character Frieda B., whose name carries