Online Reading

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.

$1,000 Memoir Essay Prize Awarded

Kelly Fig Smith is the winner of the $1,000 first-place prize for CNF’s Memoir contest more

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.

Of Memoir and Memory

Making a Case for a New Type of Literary Criticism
How can we appreciate the possibilities of the genre fully without understanding how the mind works?