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The Writer’s Chronicle

First established in 1967 as the AWP Newsletter, the Writer’s Chronicle serves as a leading source of information for writers, editors, students, and teachers of writing. Each issue features writing news, essays on craft, and interviews with authors. The Writer’s Chronicle is for those who love reading and writing.

Current Issue: April 2024

A laptop displaying the cover of the Writer’s Chronicle, which shows two parents writing at desks while their kids lie on the floor and color

Featured Articles

  • The Chaos Agents: A Conversation with Caitlin Horrocks and W. Todd Kaneko
  • Still Very Much Me: On Becoming a Mother and Not Becoming an Art Monster
  • Ready to Dream Again: A Conversation with A. Van Jordan
  • On Avoiding Melodrama and the Occasional Ditch
  • The Mask and the Unmasking: What Poets and Actors Share
  • The Best of Both Genres: The Rise of the Novel in Verse

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Sample Articles

Article Author

A Conversation on Craft with Ursula K. Le Guin

David Naimon

Middle Passage at 25: Charles Johnson Reflects on His National Book Award–Winning Novel and More

Robin Lindley

Towards a New Creative Writing Pedagogy

Fred D'Aguiar

Ferguson, Whiteness as Default, & the Teaching of Creative Writing

David Mura

In Our Way: Racism in Creative Writing

Claudia Rankine

An Interview with William Least Heat-Moon

William Naparsteck

The Quarrel with Ourselves: Robert Penn Warren’s “World of Action and Liability”

Natasha Trethewey

The Master Craftsman: Function Follows Form in Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady

Douglas Bauer

Ars Poetica and the Talking Cure: Poetry, Therapy, & the Quest to Create

Lisa C. Krueger

Endlessly Branching: An Interview with Arthur Sze

Andy Fogle

Shine in that Vivid Isolation: A Case Study of the Ghazal in the Contemporary American Lyric

Tyler Mills

Balancing Craft & Commitment: Writing Political Fiction

Rosellen Brown, Tracy Daugherty, & Ellen Meeropol

The Postmodern Memoir

Hugh Ryan

The Absence of Their Presence: Mythic Character in Fiction

Steven Schwartz

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation of Identity in Fiction: A Writer's Choices in Cross-Cultural Writing

Stephen J. Quigley

A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Chapman Hood Frazier

Novel Anxiety: Notes from the Genre War Trenches

Martha Cooley

Between Starshine & Clay:An Interview with Lucille Clifton

Remica L. Bingham

Turning the Screws of Story Construction with Henry James

Aimee Liu

Odds on Ends

Molly Giles

Poetry & Ethics: Writing About Others

Natasha Sajé

An Interview with Sheryl St. Germain

Allison Schuette

How We Are Changed by the Rhythms of Poetry

Karin de Weille

Sin's Entertainment: On Dante's Inferno

Martha Cooley

Silence & Storytelling

Alice Mattison

Elegy for Desire: Luis Omar Salinas 1937-2008

Christopher Buckley

Machines Made Out of Words: Translating Function & the Translator's Function

Tony Barnstone

The Interval in Writing: What Happens Between Pussycats & Thugs Does Not Stay Between Pussycats & Thugs

Brian Baldi

The Meandering River: An Overview of the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction

Sue William Silverman

On Difficulty in Poetry

Reginald Shepherd

My Touchstones

Alan Cheuse

Aural Invention as Floral Splendor: Louis Zukofsky's Vision of Natural Beauty in 80 Flowers

Leon Lewis

Beautiful Clarity: Jane Kenyon, Anna Akhmatova, and the Luminous Particular

David Harbilas

Ouija, Canoe, Haiku: A Collaborative Inquiry into Collaborative Poetry

Isaac Cates & Chad Davidson

An Interview with Rita Dove

Elizabeth Alexander

Return to Sender: Memory, Betrayal, and Memoir

Mark Doty

An Interview with Chang-rae Lee

Sarah Anne Johnson

An Interview with Edward P. Jones

Sherry Ellis

Peering at Privacy in Creative Nonfiction

Kaylene Johnson

An Interview with Nora Okja Keller

Sarah Anne Johnson

"Imp of Verbal Darkness": Poetry Hoaxes & the Postmodern Politic

Rebecca Warner

An Interview with Ai

Tomas Q. Morin

Writing and Moaning

Alan Cheuse

An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Ramola D

The Treasure Trove of Metaphor: More on Poetry Anthologies

Rachel Hadas

An Interview with Nick Hornby

Tom DeMarchi

A Conversation with Dorothy Allison

Renée Olander

Remembering Eudora Welty

Richard Bausch

Poetry and Survival

Gregory Orr

An Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips

Sarah Anne Johnson

An Interview with Li-Young Lee

Marie Jordan

The Muse in the News

Andrew Ciofalo

"Tis Backed Like a Weasel": The Slipperiness of Metaphor

Tony Hoagland

Bend Sinister: A Handbook for Writers

Alice McDermott

From Long Shots to X-Rays: Distance & Point of View in Fiction Writing

David Jauss

The Self as a Literary Construct

Jocelyn Bartkevicius

An Interview with Mark Doty

Dale Boyer

Rules & Reality in Fiction

Ron Tanner

Reviewing Literary Citizenship

Valerie Miner

On the Founding of WC&F: Community for Writers

Kelleen Zubick

Hypertext: Of Mouse & Man

Sven Birkerts

An Interview with Mary Oliver

Renee Olander

An Interview with Rosellen Brown

Alexander Neubauer

Emily Dickinson, Madonna, Boomers, Busters, the Old Criterion, & the Next Millennium—

Martin Schecter

The Great Ventriloquist Act: Gender and Voice in the Fiction Workshop

Julie Brown

Poetry as Democracy: A Letter to AWP

Garrett Hongo

Boundaries & Frames: Non-Transference in Teaching

Robert Langs, M.D.

Rocks in Our Beds: A Dark Valentine to New England

John Clellon Holmes

The Writer as Midwife

Daniel Halpern

Whole Sight: Notes on New Black Fiction

Charles Johnson

Tendril: A Brief History

Mari Lonano

Solitude or Community: Writing As It is Taught

Donald Justice