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."

On Food and Field Research

An Interview with Marissa Landrigan
On the personal nature of writing, her experiences with digital storytelling, and what you can bring to a table that's already crowded.

Find the Takeaway

An Interview with Adam Kushner
The Washington Post's Outlook editor discusses what makes a story relatable, why the first-person point of view is important to readers, and what he's learned from working for several different publications.

Long Form, Always

An interview with Maggie Jones
The NY Times contributing writer & National Magazine Award finalist on new directions in narrative journalism, advice for emerging writers, the importance of meticulous research, and what led her to her career as a journalist.

Patience, Persistence, Precision

An interview with Anjali Sachdeva
Creative Nonfiction's director of education programs discusses carving out time to write, being precise with your language, and staying on track with writing.

Good Things Will Happen

An interview with Dinty W. Moore
The writer, teacher, founder and editor of Brevity on the riting process, connecting with readers through first-person narrative, and the financial realities of running an online magazine.

Learning How to Become a Stranger to Yourself

An interview with Saeed Jones
BuzzFeed's literary editor on the similarities between nonfiction and poetry, the beauty and treachery of social media, what makes him reject a pitch, and the importance of reading the work of other writers.

Letting Go of Shame

A conversation with Suzanne Roberts
Winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 “Mistakes” essay contest.

The Spine of Success: Good Storytelling

An interview with literary agent Emily Loose
Practical advice on everything from the changing publishing landscape, the secret ingredients in a New York Times bestseller, and how to approach an agent.

Getting Around the Gatekeepers

An interview with Larry Levitsky
"We go to great lengths to work with writers to come up with really good proposals; they have to sell their idea to the crowd and upload some sample writing to give their prospective backers an insight into their writing style."