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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 ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO GRAPHIC LITERATURE, edited by Kelcey Ervick and Tom Hart; title card for the new (graphic) interview with Rebecca Loggia.

Interview: Kelcey Ervick

November 3, 2023

  The first time I heard the term “graphic literature” was at a workshop while attending a local writing conference. A professor from Fresno led us through an exercise he often assigned to get his students’ creativity flowing. Using a…

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Image is the book covers for HALFWAY FROM HOME and QUITE MAD by Sarah Fawn Montgomery; title card for the new interview with CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Section Editor Jacqueline Doyle.

Interview: Sarah Fawn Montgomery

November 1, 2023

  I have been a fan of Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s writing for a long time—first as a reader and a teacher, then as a writer drawn to formal innovation and passionate about Sarah Fawn’s subjects, then as an editor. Long…

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Image is the book covers for EVERYBODY HERE IS KIN by BettyJoyce Nash and WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO FEEL BETTER by Jody Hobbs Hesler; title card for new interview between the authors.

Conversations Between Friends: BettyJoyce Nash and Jody Hobbs Hesler

October 25, 2023

  BettyJoyce Nash and Jody Hobbs Hesler are Charlottesville authors who teach at the community writing center, WriterHouse, and participate in writing groups together. Over the years, they have workshopped each other’s stories, served on panels together, and hiked in…

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Image is the book cover for THE LAST LANGUAGE by Jennifer duBois; title card for new interview with Shannon Perri.

Conversations Between Friends: ​​Shannon Perri and Jennifer duBois

October 17, 2023

  Jennifer duBois’s latest novel, The Last Language, published this month with Milkweed Editions, explores the ethically precarious choices of Angela, a promising linguist and young mother who’s lost everything: her husband, her second pregnancy, and her place in a…

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Image is the book cover for BEYOND THAT, THE SEA by Laura Spence-Ash; title card for the new interview with CRAFT Editor in Chief Courtney Harler.

Interview: Laura Spence-Ash

September 27, 2023

  In this new interview, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler corresponds with Laura Spence-Ash, author of one of this year’s most-anticipated debut novels, Beyond That, the Sea. Spence-Ash is also a former editor and cofounder of CRAFT, and we’re thrilled…

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Image is the book cover for THE FEAR OF LARGE AND SMALL NATIONS by Nancy Agabian; title card for the new interview with Aida Zilelian.

Interview: Nancy Agabian

September 22, 2023

  Set alternately in Yerevan, Armenia, and Queens, New York, Nancy Agabian’s novel The Fear of Large and Small Nations is a beautifully crafted interweaving of third-person storytelling with first-person metawriting and journaling. The main character is Na, a young…

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Image is a color photograph of an open journal on a table; title card for the essay, "The Lonely Voice in Its Bathrobe: A Life of Letters" by Joan Frank.

The Lonely Voice in Its Bathrobe: A Life of Letters

September 20, 2023

  Excerpted from Late Work: A Literary Autobiography of Love, Loss, and What I Was Reading   By Joan Frank • What is it, finally, about letters? Why does this old-fashioned form, even maimed and shrunken, volleyed mostly through ether…

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Image is the book covers for BREAKING POINTS and EVERYTHING'S CHANGING by Chelsea Stickle; title card for new interview with Myna Chang.

Interview: Chelsea Stickle

September 1, 2023

  Acclaimed shortform author Chelsea Stickle has recently published two chapbooks: Breaking Points, which explores crucial moments in women’s lives through a variety of flash forms; and Everything’s Changing, which conjures images of transformation, both magical and otherwise. Chelsea took…

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Image is the book cover for GLORIA PATRI by Austin Ross; title card for conversation with Aaron Burch.

Conversations Between Friends: Aaron Burch and Austin Ross

August 25, 2023

  Aaron Burch and Austin Ross first became acquainted when Burch accepted one of Ross’s short stories at Hobart in 2018. Here, they discuss Ross’s debut novel, Gloria Patri, which deals with the aftermath of religious extremism and domestic terrorism.…

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Image shows a starry backdrop with pine trees in the foreground; title card for the new craft essay, "Life, the Universe, and Everything: A Primer on the Writing of Autofiction," by Sarah Twombly.

Life, the Universe, and Everything: A Primer on the Writing of Autofiction

August 23, 2023

  By Sarah Twombly • I am at work on a novel, and have been for more than a decade. It is autobiographical fiction, which is to say it’s about me, but also, it isn’t. The same way Einstein might…

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