Writers Ask is an inexpensive, no-frills, topic-centered publication for writers who are committed to creating meaningful literary fiction. It's packed with the wisdom and perspectives of accomplished authors, many of whom teach in creative writing programs around the country.
Topics in Writers Ask Issue 68: Voice, Humor, Writers Who Teach, Plotting Ahead vs. Writing as You Go, The Writing Life. And you’ll get this Focus Essay, by Daniel Torday: "The Secret Lives of Novellas"
I test drove numerous voices and characters before I found Joon. But one sentence into Joon's story, I knew I was onto something; it was that immediate.—Nami Mun, interviewed by Greg Schutz
Point of view is one of the most interesting things to me about life: right here in Memphis, we’re all sitting here in this room and every single person has a different point of view about what’s happening right now.—Elizabeth Strout, interviewed by Ashley Paige and Lindsay Purves
I remember reading that when his kids were young, Raymond Carver would hole up in his car for twelve or fifteen hours just to find the silence to write the first draft of a story. I understand that desperation.—K.L. Cook, interviewed by Lucrecia Guerrero
If something presents itself to you, you better just grab it and trust it. If you pay enough attention to it, it will be something in the end.—George Saunders, interviewed by Robert Birnbaum
A few Focus examples from earlier issues:
Allison Amend: Instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Book Tour
Gabriel Brownstein: Just the Facts, Ma'am—Expository Dialogue and Student Fiction
Jon Chopan: Desire: Character and Motivation
Catherine Ryan Hyde: Another Perspective on Rejection