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Kjersti A. Skomsvold

Kjersti A. Skomsvold on writing The Child, a book on motherhood and grief.

Notes on Craft

Ho Sok Fong

‘While writing we recover memories, recover moods, and we start to interpret them.’

Notes on Craft

Rebecca Watson

I was possessed, for a year, by a woman whose name I do not know.

Notes on Craft

Amina Cain

‘I would rather work in front of, or behind, a story. I want to leave a chain of images that remain in the reader’s mind.’

Notes on Craft

Caoilinn Hughes

‘I like to feel contradicted and conflicted by characters.’

Notes on Craft

Naoise Dolan

‘If something is usually done in novels, but I can’t actively justify doing it, then I don’t do it.’

Notes on Craft

Alan Rossi

‘The whole universe emerges and lives through this little consciousness that we call our self.’

Carrot Bread

Annabel Banks

‘A short story is a loose-knit sweater, a trawler’s net, where the spaces and holes are inseparable from the whole.’

Notes on Craft

Deb Olin Unferth

‘People (not me) seem to find chickens inherently funny.’

Caleb Klaces | Notes on Craft

Caleb Klaces

Caleb Klaces on being inspired by Van Gogh’s third image, found during the X-ray scanning of one of Van Gogh’s early, repainted canvases.

Jem Calder | Notes on Craft

Jem Calder

‘I wrote in the address bar of my web browser, in spreadsheet cells, in emails I addressed to myself.’ Jem Calder on writing fiction at his day job.


Esther Rutter

‘Are you a writer who knits, or a knitter who writes?’

On Tastelessness

Adam O’Fallon Price

‘Write through your first ending is advice I give, again and again.’

Lauren Aimee Curtis | Notes on Craft

Lauren Aimee Curtis

‘I think that if we knew, really understood, the reasons why certain stories take hold of us, we would have no need for fiction at all.’ Lauren Aimee Curtis shares her notes on the craft of writing.