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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.

“You have to be a gem cutter in a way. You don’t have to be but what I’ve enjoyed about stories is the amount of work it takes to have them structurally work out and yet seem to be some way naturalistic.” – Junot Diaz

“Junot and I had the same trajectory where a short story expanded and was going to became a novel. It’s true, you lose sight of the land for a long time… it’s tough to sustain that world for that length of time.” - Karen Russell