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Obviously, much has been said and written about the seemingly endless task of revision. Most writers would agree that there is no specific “recipe” or guidelines when it comes to this process. Some writers can nail a poem on a first draft; others often make multiple revisions over long periods of ti…
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Obviously, much has been said and written about the seemingly endless task of revision. Most writers would agree that there is no specific “recipe” or guidelines when it comes to this process. Some writers can nail a poem on a first draft; others often make multiple revisions over long periods of time. “I usually revise […]
In writing fiction, I gravitate to the pragmatic, to what works. Some years ago, when I realized that bringing a short story to completion could be seen as a fourfold process, much of my writing anxiety eased. I still use this as a reassuring measurement of progress when working on any piece of writing. Show […]
The many travels that I coveted in my childhood taught me the dilemma of being a model sample of misunderstanding. I am a little Arab woman with broken English, was educated in a school that was basically a berry tree in the garden of my grandfather’s house. Then it was circled by a number of […]
We had a fantastic time with esteemed author Edwidge Danticat on October 15th. The Piper House held a morning Q&A session with Edwidge that was attended by writers and scholars across the ASU community, as well as by Piper Friends. It was led Sebastian Terneus, a PhD Candidate in English and the founder of the Postcolonial Studies […]
Rejection for a writer can be awful. I once got a reject accusing me of personally destroying the short story as an art form. That sent me into a depression that lasted for a week, which was entirely the wrong reaction. I should have been infuriated. How dare that idiot editor reject such a wonderful […]