Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Taylor is a black, fun-sized Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in English and a Master's in English, Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is now a second year Creative Writing PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati. Her work appears, or … Continue reading Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

  Jonathan Taylor is an author, lecturer, editor and critic. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015), and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007), and the short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman, 2013 and 2014). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Loughborough with his wife, … Continue reading Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

Breaking The Rules

Poet and short story author, Alison Lock, talks to us today about the process of writing short stories and breaking the rules. 'In contemporary fiction, technique is, on the whole, more self-conscious than ever before.' - John Gardner in The Art of Fiction. I would argue that this self-consciousness is more evident in the short story, … Continue reading Breaking The Rules

What Poetry Teaches Us about Writing Prose

I took a poetry class to fulfill one of my workshop requirements for my master’s in Writing and Publishing. Although I didn’t have much prior experience with poetry beyond some teenage scribbles, I discovered a new way of playing with language. And in the process, I also realized that writing poetry helped me to create … Continue reading What Poetry Teaches Us about Writing Prose

Zadie Smith – Middle-of-the-Novel Magical Thinking

This video was filmed at the New York Public Library. Author Zadie Smith begins with this quote: 'In the middle of a novel, a kind of magical thinking takes over. To clarify, the middle of the novel may not happen in the actual geographical centre of the novel. By middle of the novel I mean … Continue reading Zadie Smith – Middle-of-the-Novel Magical Thinking