July 2014

Writers’ Reel: Junot Diaz and Karen Russell On Writing Short Stories

Watch authors Junot Diaz and Karen Russell as they share the stage at the 2013 New Yorker Festival and offer insights into their creative process. The two speak candidly on the difficulties of writing short stories as opposed to novels and how reading became their portal to another world in their youth.

Bookmark This: Chelsea Hodson on Being Mentored by Ron Carlson

Chelsea Hodson, 2012 Emerging Voices Fellow, recalls being paired with her mentor, author Ron Carlson.

Writers’ Reel: Anthony Doerr On Using Journals

In this audio clip for Aspen Public Radio’s First Draft, author Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot SeeThe Shell CollectorFour Seasons in Rome) talks about his use of personal journals to further his craft.

Bookmark This: Laurie Dea Owyang On Why It’s Never Too Late

Laurie Dea Owyang, 2006 Emerging Voices alum, recalls how her passion for writing lay buried for a long time as she married, raised kids, and built a successful career in human resources. But when the right push came along, that passion reignited, proving that there is never a set timetable for chasing after your dreams. 
“A voracious reader, I knew when I was ten years old that I wanted to be a writer, but life happened.