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THE CLASSROOM CORNER

We often hear from creative writing instructors that they find CRAFT to be very useful in the classroom. We listened, and we've made this corner as a quick resource, a curated list of some of our favorites. This list is NOT exhaustive—our pages are full of short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essays, interviews, book reviews and annotations, roundups of all things literary, and more. This is a handy place to start!

We will continually update this list, so check back when making those syllabi, and for quick inspiration anytime.

alt text: image is the color book cover for WHAT'S LEFT TO LEARN; title card for Suzanne Roberts's new interview with Al Landwehr

Conversations Between Friends: Suzanne Roberts and Al Landwehr

August 2, 2022

  In 1992, when I was twenty-two and nearing graduation with a degree in biology, I somehow talked my advisor into letting me replace technical writing with a course in fiction to fulfill my requirements. That’s how I met Al…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a few birds flying in an overcast sky; title card for the craft essay "Art of the Opening: Microcosm to Macrocosm" by Albert Liau

The Art of the Opening: Microcosm to Macrocosm

July 25, 2022

  How “The Ghost Birds” Spreads Its Wings after Taking the Leap By Albert Liau • How does a story begin to enchant us? When speaking with First Draft host Mitzi Rapkin, Richard Powers seems to suggest an answer: “You…

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alt text: image is two book covers in bold reds; title card for Courtney Harler's interview with Alan Heathcock

Interview: Alan Heathcock

July 19, 2022

  CRAFT is thrilled to welcome Alan Heathcock as guest judge for our 2022 Short Fiction Prize. Heathcock is the author of Volt, a collection of short stories from 2011, and 40, a debut novel that publishes on August 2,…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of tangled thread; title card for the craft essay "In the Expanded Field: The Lyric Essay & Genre Queerness" by Katy Scarlett

In the Expanded Field: The Lyric Essay & Genre Queerness

July 15, 2022

  By Katy Scarlett • In 1979, Rosalind Krauss published her now-famous essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” which explored how new forms of three-dimensional art-making borrowed from sculpture, monument, architecture, interior and landscape design. She writes, “as the 1960s began…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of the book cover for DEATH BY LANDSCAPE; title card for Claire Lobenfeld's new interview with Elvia Wilk

Interview: Elvia Wilk

July 11, 2022

  Elvia Wilk’s nonfiction debut, Death by Landscape (out July 19, 2022, via Soft Skull Press), investigates how we might displace human-centered narratives. Through literary immersion, research into spectral encounters and virtual reality, reflections on her own physicality, and first-person…

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alt text: image is the cover of a book called HOLLOWS; title card for Jill Witty's new interview with Tommy Dean

Interview: Tommy Dean

July 5, 2022

  In Hollows, Tommy Dean’s first full-length flash fiction collection, the narrative lens captures everyday humans at a pivotal moment, where one decision will change everything. Three boys enter the woods carrying a gun. A divorced teacher borrows money from…

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The Glossary: A Concise, Evolving Guide to the Elements of Literary Craft

June 3, 2022

  “Easy reading is hard writing.”  —Brad Listi   CRAFT. Our journal takes its title from the idea that the art of prose, like other forms of art, can be considered from the perspective of craft—“skill in carrying out one’s…

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Hybrid Interview: Sara Lippmann

May 31, 2022

  Essay by Michelle Ross • Since the first time I read a Sara Lippmann story, I’ve been smitten. Among the inventory of qualities I admire is her wit, her raw honesty, her faith in her readers’ ability to keep…

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Radical Empathy via Free Indirect Speech: Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Mountains Without Number”

May 17, 2022

  By Anne Elliott • One of the noble aims of fiction is the fostering of empathy across difference, including difference of beliefs. Most difficult for me is finding empathy for those with unpalatable beliefs. Softening my gaze puts my…

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Conversations Between Friends: Gale Massey and Louise Marburg

March 29, 2022

  Gale Massey and Louise Marburg met in 2016 at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference over a tarot card consultation. Discovering a shared interest in exploring the dark side of human nature, they immediately clicked and have been friends and writing…

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