Encounters

How Place Makes Us Human

A conversation with Amaris Ketcham
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'The Weather' contest talks about her prize-winning essay, "Recorded Lightning."

How can something so beautiful be so deadly at the same time?

An interview with Al Roker
America's weatherman on his accidental television career; why we’re so addicted to watching news coverage of weather events; and the satisfactions of writing books.

The Lengthening of Time

A conversation with Joe Fassler
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'Waiting' contest talks about his prize-winning essay, "Wait Times."

The Line Between Science and Writing

An interview with Jason Bittel
The freelance science writer on balancing fact and science with humor and creativity; the importance of persistence; and tapping into readers’ sense of wonder.

A Brutal Revisiting of the Self

An interview with Stephanie Bane
Brand strategist talks about making time to write, revise, and rewrite; portraying relatable characters; developing a thick skin; and marketing techniques for authors.

Writing As I Am Now

An Interview with Jill Kandel
The winner of the 2014 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize talks about the nature of memoir and the publishing industry, what makes the personal universal, and why words are so important.

Collecting Stories

An interview with Alan Olifson
Host of The Moth StorySLAM in Pittsburgh talks about his involvement with The Moth, learning from mistakes, and what makes a great story.

On Authenticity, Ownership, and Not Reading the Comments

An interview with Torie Bosch
The editor of Future Tense talks about finding an authentic voice, technology’s impact on writing and publishing, moving on from mistakes, and the appeal of reading and writing in the first person.

Revise, Research . . . Query

An interview with Rachel Ekstrom
The literary agent talks about the appeal of the first person, dealing with rejection, and which steps you should always take before you start querying agents.

Writing Down the Hard Stuff

A conversation with Kelly Fig Smith
The winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 prize for best essay in The Memoir Issue talks about her prize-winning essay, "Do No Harm."

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