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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.

Image is the book cover for CRAFT: STORIES I WROTE FOR THE DEVIL by Ananda Lima; title card for the new interview with Stephanie Trott.

Conversations Between Friends: Stephanie Trott and Ananda Lima

June 3, 2024

  Ananda Lima is an alchemist. With a spellbinding touch, her writing transmutes the mundane into the extraordinary, summoning readers to journey alongside her through the complexities of a global life. In her debut short story collection, Craft: Stories I…

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Image is the book covers for LESSONS FROM THE CLIMATE CHANGE COUNSELING BOOTH by Kate Schapira and THE AGE OF DEER by Erika Howsare; title card for the new conversation between the authors.

Conversations Between Friends: Kate Schapira and Erika Howsare

May 31, 2024

  Seven years ago, we—Kate Schapira and Erika Howsare—published a collaborative volume of poetry, which no one bought. Kate has published half a dozen other books of poetry and teaches writing at Brown University; Erika has one solo poetry book…

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Image is the book cover for THE PRICE OF COOKIES by Finnian Burnett; title card for the new hybrid interview with Michelle Sinclair.

Hybrid Interview: Finnian Burnett

May 29, 2024

  Essay by Michelle Sinclair • If one were asked to compare the experience of reading to that of eating a dessert, would it be so far-fetched to connect reading flash fiction and enjoying a cookie? Both are “bite-sized” and…

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Image is a color photograph of a moss-covered tree; title card for the new critical essay, "Mother-Writers Are Writers," by Ann Guy.

Mother-Writers Are Writers

May 22, 2024

  By Ann Guy • Wading through a sea of blond hair and blue eyes every day felt normal in the tiny, rural Western Michigan town where I grew up. So did biking to the public library and loading up…

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Image is the book cover for THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES by Deesha Philyaw; title card for the new interview with Courtney Harler.

Interview: Deesha Philyaw

May 9, 2024

  Deesha Philyaw, acclaimed author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, is graciously serving as our guest judge for the CRAFT 2024 Short Fiction Prize. In this interview conducted over email, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler asks Deesha to…

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Image is the book cover for THE GARDEN by Clare Beams; title card for the new interview with Abby Manzella.

Interview: Clare Beams

May 3, 2024

  I began reading Clare Beams’s extraordinary work with her first novel The Illness Lesson, which follows young women at a newly founded school in nineteenth-century New England where the students begin to mysteriously fall ill. That novel brought to…

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Image is the book cover for SING, I by Ethel Rohan; title card for the new interview between Dominic Lim and Ethel Rohan.

Conversations Between Friends: Dominic Lim and Ethel Rohan

May 1, 2024

  I was first introduced to Ethel Rohan’s writing at a reading sponsored by The Writers Grotto, a community of working writers in San Francisco. After hearing an excerpt from her award-winning collection of short stories, I rushed to read…

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Image is the book cover for WHAT'S NOT MINE by Nora Decter; title card for the new hybrid interview with Rachel León.

Hybrid Interview: Nora Decter

March 29, 2024

  Essay by Rachel León • I met Nora Decter over Zoom when we were tasked to outline her forthcoming novel, What’s Not Mine. We were both fellows in Stony Brook University’s BookEnds program, paired to work together on our…

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Image is the book cover for THE HUNGER BOOK by Agata Izabela Brewer; title card for the new interview with Jodie Sadowsky.

Interview: Agata Izabela Brewer

March 27, 2024

  In The Hunger Book: A Memoir from Communist Poland, Agata Izabela Brewer probes potent memories and delicacies from her Polish childhood in a home of maternal neglect and alcohol abuse. Expertly written and researched, with historical threads of Communism…

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Image is the book cover for DISCIPLINE by Debra Spark; title card for the new interview with Melissa Benton Barker.

Interview: Debra Spark

March 20, 2024

  Debra Spark’s new novel, Discipline, spans decades and a diverse cast of characters, from art-world insiders to houseless teenagers. While, on the surface, the novel is a literary mystery about a missing trio of valuable paintings, Spark also compels…

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