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“Luncheon of the Boating Party,” oil on canvas, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881.

Perspectives on the Craft and Business of Writing

Cut Me a Story

by Stephen Parrish
The ability to erase words is every bit as important as the ability to compose them. (read more)

Christmas Market

by Stephen Parrish
Writers think about writing on only two occasions: when they’re writing and when they’re not writing. (read more)


by Stephen Parrish
One of the most effective ways to sell a commodity is to sandwich it between something expensive and something ugly. (read more)

Should I Become a Writer?

by Stephen Parrish
In a previous job I had the enviable opportunity to counsel undergraduate students in an aviation degree program. The students were mostly full time soldiers and airmen attending college part time. But occasionally a family member would drop in, a teenager or young adult seeking answers to burning questions: Should I become a pilot? And if so, where do I start? (read more)

Why / Because

by Staff
Two poets each compose five lines—the first poet a set of five questions, the second a set of five answers—and combine them randomly. (read more)

The Day Your Heart Breaks

by Stephen Parrish
The day my heart broke was the day I decided to become a writer. From the age of ten I’d wanted to be an astronaut. Granted, the choice wasn’t very original, but originality didn’t concern me at ten, the stars and planets did. It was at ten I received my first eyeglasses. Until then I had only been able to see the brightest stars, maybe twenty or so. The first time I went outside at night wearing glasses the view overwhelmed me. (read more)
It all began around a campfire…

Beautiful language

is meant to be heard as well as read, and in fact words were vocalized eons before they were ever committed to clay or parchment. Storytelling began around campfires. We seek prose and poetry that continue the tradition.

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