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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 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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Image is the book cover for THE END OF DRUM-TIME by Hanna Pylväinen; title card for the new interview with Courtney Harler.

Interview: Hanna Pylväinen

March 7, 2024

  In celebration of the inaugural Novelette Print Prize, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler corresponded via email with Guest Judge Hanna Pylväinen, author of The End of Drum-Time. In the resulting interview below, they discuss choosing point of view, honoring…

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Image is the book cover for THE PROPRIETOR'S SONG by Janet Goldberg; title card for the new interview with Joanne Furio.

Interview: Janet Goldberg

March 1, 2024

  At her Berkeley kitchen table, Janet Goldberg runs her finger over mapped roads in the Sierras that lead to a region she has hiked for decades, terrain that forms the backdrop of her debut novel, The Proprietor’s Song. The…

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Image is the book covers for THE NIGHT OF THE STORM by Nishita Parekh and RABBIT HOLE by Kate Brody; title card for new interview between the debut novelists.

Conversations Between Friends: Kate Brody and Nishita Parekh

February 28, 2024

  Kate Brody and Nishita Parekh are debut authors who met on Instagram. They both released their first thrillers in January 2024 and have crossed paths in virtual events like the Penguin Random House Debut Mystery Panel. In the months…

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Image is a color photograph of a desk with a stack of old books next to an open notebook; title card for the new craft essay, "Her Own Elephant Outright," by Joseph Young.

Her Own Elephant Outright

February 21, 2024

  By Joseph Young • Writers are often told, whether by their instructors or about the internet in general, that in their finished stories, there should be no wasted words, no extraneous sentences, no details or lines of dialogue, that…

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Image is the book cover for SPLINTERS by Leslie Jamison; title card for the new hybrid interview with Yvonne Conza.

Hybrid Interview: Leslie Jamison

February 12, 2024

  Essay by Yvonne Conza • In Splinters, Leslie Jamison exposes a live nerve that makes vivid connections between emotions of motherhood, marriage, artistry, and selfhood. Alive and strengthened within this endeavor is Jamison’s iconic, singular awareness, that like her…

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Image is the book cover for LETTING IN AIR AND LIGHT by Teresa Tumminello Brader; title card for new interview with Miki Pfeffer.

Conversations Between Friends: Miki Pfeffer and Teresa Tumminello Brader

February 2, 2024

  Miki Pfeffer and Teresa Tumminello Brader became friends after meeting in 2007 during a literary discussion program at a New Orleans-area library. They met over books, and books continue to bind them. Since their first meeting, Pfeffer has authored…

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Image is the book cover for I WOULD MEET YOU ANYWHERE by Susan Kiyo Ito; title card for the new interview with Alice Stephens.

Interview: Susan Kiyo Ito

January 31, 2024

  I first met Susan Kiyo Ito over Twitter, where she is an active and popular voice in both the adoptee and writing communities. As an author who writes about my experience as a half-Korean adoptee, I found Susan to…

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Image is a color photograph of a window with white transparent curtains; title card for the new craft essay, "Insinuating Life: Diction and Syntax in the Short Story," by Rose Smith.

Insinuating Life: Diction and Syntax in the Short Story

January 24, 2024

  By Rose Smith • Here’s something I am curious about: when is a well-placed flourish, maybe even a flurry of adjectives and adverbs, perfect for a story, and when are the simplest of sentences called for? Two stories came…

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