Don’t Write Alone

What Translators Mean When We Talk about Reading

Make sure you save a little of the “joy of discovery” for the actual translation process by not reading your source text too closely before translating it.

Sep 29, 2022
Translated Self

Portuguese was my first language, but it was quickly followed by English. To this day, I have the impression that when I speak in English, I bury bits of myself in the process.

Sep 27, 2022
I’m Living in the Poems I Can’t Yet Write

How does one translate life into poetry, especially in seasons of total depletion?

Sep 26, 2022
My Writing History Is Best Told Through Handwriting

Aditi Malhotra tells us about how handwriting has been a through line in her friendships, shows how handwriting can be incorporated into a generative practice, and offers some tried-and-tested stress-relief postures for happy handwriters.

Sep 22, 2022
The Art of the Funny Metaphor

Ben Sandman elaborates on two strategies for crafting the comic metaphor—and shows us that the recipe for inducing laughter is different from what we might whip up for more serious writing.

Sep 21, 2022
How to Write a Novel In a Month

The fear that I might never write a book led me to develop a practical system of writing by numbers.

Sep 19, 2022
2022 Submission and Freelance Writing Opportunities

Here’s a full list of submission and freelancing opportunities we’ve shared in 2022, updated at least twice a month. Bookmark this list to stay up to date on new postings!

Sep 16, 2022
Writing in the Nooks and Crannies of the Day or Night

Writing requires solitude so that the ghosts will come unencumbered.

Sep 15, 2022
Write a “Bad” Poem

When you try to be “good” it doesn’t always work, but something fascinating happens when you try to be “bad.”

Sep 14, 2022
Elissa Bassist Gave Her Book Everything She Had

In this interview, Elissa Bassist discusses her memoir “Hysterical,” keeping her humor sharp, and the endurance test of writing a book.

Sep 13, 2022
Kristen Arnett and Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya on Sharing a Writing Space

Neither of us has dated another writer—we both said we wouldn’t. Part of our hesitation had to do with very literal questions of how to share space.

I Write Wherever My Mind Can Be Free

Better than controlling my writing mind, I’ve figured out that what my brain wants most is to be free

Sep 08, 2022
What’s Beyond the Horizon of Your Obsession?

Take a deep dive into your obsession with this poetry prompt from Luther Hughes.

Sep 07, 2022
What We Talk About When We Talk About Book Titles

When a writing project has a good title, everyone can feel it. But getting there can be a struggle—for both the author and the publishing team, if your project happens to be a book.

Sep 06, 2022
How Not to Lose Money as a Published Author

Writers are under increasing pressure to spend their own money while promoting their books, even if their book is published by a Big Four publishing house.

Funding Opportunities for Writing and Publishing Translation

If you work in translation, check out this list of grants and fellowships with approaching deadlines.

Aug 30, 2022
What Celebrity Blogging Did to My Writing Voice

On some days I’d write up to twelve posts, each snarkier than the last. The meaner I was, the more they liked me.

Aug 29, 2022
Dur e Aziz Amna Is Adding Something Different to the Canon

Akanksha Singh interviews Dur e Aziz Amna about her novel ‘American Fever,’ the burdens of representation, and performing for the dominant culture.

Aug 25, 2022
Did I Get My Memoir Wrong?

I was confident in my narrative and wrote a memoir about it. But turns out the facts were questionable.

Aug 24, 2022