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So, What Exactly Does It Mean to Be a “Working Writer”?

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About 15 years ago, I took a class with the well-known San Francisco editor Tom Jenks, who founded Narrative Magazine and worked with Raymond Carver. On the last day, each student had a 20-minute session with Tom in which to discuss their work.

I didn’t want to spend the time talking about my book. Instead, I asked: “I want to be a working writer. How do I do that?”

February 7, 2013 | Katrin Schumann

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Would We Lie To You?: The Whole Freakin' Truth

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Sari Boren

When writing memoir I write what I know to be true; however, I feel compelled to write not just the truth but, your honor, the whole truth and nothing but every digressive, nuanced aspect of the truth.

Writing memoir feels like sitting before a giant block of marble (i.e

November 27, 2012 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Would We Lie To You?: A Very Special Kind of Insanity

by Kevin O'Kelly

Since my enrollment in the Grub Street Nonfiction Career Lab I've been privileged to hear magazine editors, publishers and writers talk about their work, and heard their advice on how to begin establishing myself as a writer.

November 13, 2012 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Richard Burton and the Writing Process

I’m in the middle of a really challenging project. One day, I’m full of beans, the next I’m in despair. But over the years my creative routine has become very familiar and comforting to me. And one of the things I do a lot more frequently when I’m in the throes of a project is read.

November 1, 2012 | Katrin Schumann

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The Future is Bright for Writers

This graphic makes me happy. For many reasons.

For one, if the information in it were written up in report form (which it is, here) I would be asleep in about one minute

October 4, 2012 | Katrin Schumann

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