"I do believe an author’s biographical identity is an insufficient marker for experience—even impossible to pin down with any accuracy—and the same holds true for a reader’s. This is the beginning of compassion for others."
"We don’t have to bullfight to write believably about bullfighting, or love, or crime, or suicide." DeWitt Henry on the lines writers blur between fact and fiction.
Lynn Casteel Harper on her experiences with dementia and spirituality and how they inform her writing.
Beth Kephart learns "the liability of having, the politics of possession, the sound of time crashing time, the ache of what is loved and what will be lost."
DeWitt Henry on the challenge of balancing author tone with character tone, and the difficulties that arise as far down as word choice.
Nina Badzin questions whether there is a need for a singular "identity" in the life of a working writer.
How Viet Thanh Nguyen's THE COMMITTED teaches memoir writer Anita Gill about storytelling.
John Skoyles writes between genres, from poetry to prose to nonfiction. He talks his most recent publication The Nut File, excerpted in WTP.
Painter Andrew Wyeth's views on art could hold valuable insights for writers on creating and developing stories.
Contributing editor Richard Gilbert laments over the New York Times's use of capitalization after a colon.