Category Archives: Writing advice

Jessica Knoll: working through anger

Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive was the best-selling debut of 2015 and was optioned for a movie by Reese Witherspoon. Knoll recently wrote an article “What I Know” about some of the experience-based events of Luckiest Girl Alive. Join us for … Continue reading

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Jill Bialosky: The Players in our lives

-Andy Ross Home-runs and stadium chants do not typically fill the pages of a poetry collection, but then again, Jill Bialosky is not your typical poet. The Ohio native’s latest collection, The Players, uses the baseball diamond as a landscape … Continue reading

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John Scalzi: how to stay employed as a writer

-Andy Ross Writer John Scalzi is an Ohio resident and the author of several award-winning science fiction novels. He also runs a popular blog, Whatever. Scalzi was the recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. Scalzi … Continue reading

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Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman: creators of Persia Blues

-Andy Ross This past December, local graphic artists Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman released Persia Blues Volume 2: Love and War on independent publisher NBM. The story interweaves ancient Persian mythology with the story of young Minoo Shirazi coming to … Continue reading

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Nicole Reber: Frank Lloyd Wright in his underwear and other literary writing topics

What kind of childhood frustration leads one to be a writer? Central Ohio nonfiction writer Nichole Reber’s path to a career in writing was sparked by her mother reading to her and Nichole’s curiosity about how her mother did this … Continue reading

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Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler’s Wife author brings the ghosts

Ray Bradbury and the apocalypse. Edgar Allen Poe and pet abuse. Nothing sentimental or lovely: Audrey Niffenegger’s latest book, Ghostly, will haunt your reading hours. Listen in for her discussion of the writing, loss, and which story she’d have most liked to … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng on Creativity

I love reactions and dialogue, so I got some immensely talented folks into a recording studio and played some snippets from past Craft interviews for them to get their take on aspects of creativity. Specifically, Columbus illustrators Dominic LaRiccia and Drew … Continue reading

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Thunder and Lightening! It’s Harmony Evans

One rainy Saturday during the Ohioana Book Festival, Harmony Evans sat down with Kayla, the Craft summer intern, and was interrupted mid-interview by a low rumble that shook the entire room. This romance author responded, “Hey, I try to make … Continue reading

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The Gilded Age visits the Thurber House on July 23

Lawyer and novelist Claire McMillan will appear with the The Thurber House on Wednesday, July 23, reading from her book Gilded Age, a modern retelling of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. We discussed how her computer file names betray her anxieties … Continue reading

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How not to starve as an artist

Making a living as an artist has often been a challenge. I recall one smart and talented art student I knew who also earned a business degree. Why? “Because people are going to pay me for my art,” she replied. … Continue reading

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