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For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to:
Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of  Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support.  The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer  is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writing desk, bedside table, classroom syllabi, and library carrel in the country.

Including Original Essays by
George Saunders, Adam Haslett, Ocean Vuong, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Luis Alberto Urrea, Christina Baker Kline, Jennifer Acker, and Charles Yu  

And Reading Lists by
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Natalie Diaz, Anthony Doerr, Terrance Hayes, Yiyun Li, Naomi Shihab Nye, Benjamin Percy, Dani Shapiro, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Cheryl Strayed

“I wish this excellent resource had been around when I was starting out.”
—Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

“Clears the mist for emerging and established writers and provides a comprehensive answer to every question a writer might ask.”
—Nicole Aragi, literary agent

“A lucid, lively, thorough, enormously helpful book that I’ll be recommending to prospective authors for years to come.”
—Jynne Dilling Martin, associate publisher of Riverhead Books

“A wonderful book . . . What Larimer and Gannon have created here is a teeming compendium.”
—Fiona McCrae, publisher of Graywolf Press


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