for writers and readers….

“…you can almost always make something better by making it shorter…” Keith Gessen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I once heard George Saunders tell a story about being edited at the New Yorker, where his editor kept asking him to cut a highly precise number of lines—18 lines, … Continue reading

September 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

The one paragraph every writer should cut… Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The editors I had at The New Yorker quietly helped me in peculiar, small ways. One thing they taught me was the value of cutting out the last paragraph of … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

W is for Writing Workshops

The case against  Author and editor Louis Menand writing in the New Yorker in 2009 was deeply skeptical about the traditional workshop method. “Creative-writing programs are designed on the theory … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 2 Comments