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Research as Creative Practice

Research as Creative Practice

Eudora Welty once said, “Always be sure you get your moon in the right part of the sky.” That was always how I thought of research. Research was fact-checking. Research was stagnant. There was nothing creative about it.  My approach changed ten...

Bring on the Architect

Bring on the Architect

My March 2021 newsletter just went out to subscribers. To sign up, click here. This Wednesday night (March 24th), I’m teaching a virtual class on nonfiction book proposals. For a lot of people, writing a book proposal probably feels a lot like doing your taxes:...

Day by Day

Day by Day

My February 2021 newsletter just went out to subscribers. To sign up, click here. When my memoir came out a few years ago, I did an inventory of all the writing projects I could focus on. I had a bunch of essays in various stages of development, the first draft of a...

Houston Tells It Slant: Motherhood

Houston Tells It Slant: Motherhood

We're back on! After initially cancelling this in-person event, we've now moved to a virtual event this Thursday, May 7th at 8 PM. To register, click here.  I'm thrilled to be joining Houston-based poets Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and Erin Belieu for an evening of...

“Something That Looks Like a Story”

“Something That Looks Like a Story”

For my latest "Craft Club" interview over at Catapult, I interviewed the amazing fiction writer (and my fellow UH alum) Selena Anderson. We unpacked the process that she went through to write "Godmother Tea," which you can read online in its entirety at Oxford...