Craft "Talk"

Discussions about the craft of writing.

Talking Heads: The A-Team's Advice on Balancing (Or Not) The Artistic Life

Nope, not that A-Team. Here the YWW Administrative Team shares some collective wisdom about how to balance an artistic life while still getting the laundry done, the bills paid, and the dishes washed or at least off the floor.

Cultivate Your Community, Cultivate Your Craft

When I arrived back in Pittsburgh after my first time as a counselor at YWW, I had two feelings. The first was one of elation, and went something like this:

OMIGOSHTHATWASSOAMAZINGNOWIHAVEALLTHESEINCREDIBLENEWFRIENDSANDEXPERIENCESANDIAMGOINGTOWRITEALLTHETHINGSYEAH!

I felt energized to write and experiment and create art. This lasted for a couple days. But then another feeling emerged. Panic.

13 Chilling but True YWW at Sweet Briar (non)Ghost Stories

Author’s Note: Sweet Briar College is reportedly one of the most haunted campuses in America. When YWW relocated its summer program there in 2012, I arrived with strong hopes of experiencing and documenting my own supernatural interactions. I tried… and in the following summers, continued to try… as the document that follows will testify. Incidents described here occurred over the past 3 summers.

The Two Thousand Dollar Python

Sometimes when you can’t write the story you want, you end up writing the story you need.

If You Can’t Laugh at Yourself, You Must Not Be Very Funny

Three years ago on my 33rd birthday, fresh off a break-up and entering my “Jesus” year, I made 3 resolutions, and I started with something easy.

1) Win a chili cookoff 2) Train to be a lady arm wrestler 3) Become a stand-up comedian

Dangers for the Teenage Novelist

Writing a lot—and presumably a novel is a lot, since even a short one is around 50-60,000 words—doesn’t mean of course that the writing is any good. And yet it’s becoming clear to me that writing a novel may be something young fiction writers think is expected of them, especially in an age when they can self-publish.