How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

Don’t be the person who reads it on their phone. Too many things can go wrong, and it’s distracting to watch someone repeatedly unlock the screen when it goes dark or constantly zoom in when they can’t see the tiny print.

Review: The Art of Perspective by Christopher Castellani

Review: The Art of Perspective by Christopher Castellani

“There is no more important decision the writer makes than who tells the story..."

How to Revise Before You Begin

How to Revise Before You Begin

A lot of the work of revision comes in the process of evaluating the rhythm of the sentences themselves, but if you’re reading the words out loud as you compose them, you’ll hear the false notes right away.

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

Let’s be honest: Writing is hard. And because of that, it can sometimes be a struggle to make ourselves do it.

Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

As we enter deep summer, we’ve taken a fresh look at the books grabbing the attention of the editors and staff of Carve right now.

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

"I deeply love my character in this collection, and terrible things happen to her, but I have the power to help her get out of her situation. I can write her way, and my way, out of despair."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kaitlin LaMoine Martin

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kaitlin LaMoine Martin

"I’m constantly thinking through how we construct the self/other dichotomy. I do believe, as humans taking up space on this planet, that yes, we have a responsibility to the planet and to one another."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Callie Plaxco

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Callie Plaxco

"Surely the bird’s wings are allowed to be like teaspoons, but they can never ever be teaspoons, no matter how hard I wish it."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Mark Walters

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Mark Walters

"Don’t try to be profound or teach a lesson, and don’t write for anyone’s approval or admiration; simply write what is specific and true to your observation, to the unique, often secret convolutions of your own heart and mind." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Dianna Rae Samuelson

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Dianna Rae Samuelson

"A theme that runs through most of my writing is the search for identity and strength."

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 11

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 11

Waiting is something Bowe knows how to do.

Q&A with Carve's New Nonfiction Editor, Cameron Maynard

Q&A with Carve's New Nonfiction Editor, Cameron Maynard

Language is probably the most important facet of creative nonfiction because it can take the most mundane of experiences and turn them into ideas that seem life-altering.

Introducing: Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

Introducing: Carve Reads — Staff Picks for Recommended Reading

Welcome to a new monthly series on the Carve blog that offers sneak peeks into the particular literary tastes of the magazine's staff members

Powers and Perils of Writing in Third Person

Powers and Perils of Writing in Third Person

Writing in third person can be both liberating and overwhelming. Here's how you can leverage this freedom (and not be intimidated by it).

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 9 & 10

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 9 & 10

To follow a great story, we need to eat our kale.

Reading into a Writer’s Life: James Carver wants to set some things straight about his brother Raymond

Reading into a Writer’s Life: James Carver wants to set some things straight about his brother Raymond

Sure, writers write to explore our beginnings, but they more often write to transcend them. Writers also write to contemplate the horrors that might have been or almost were.

Tell Me More: Creating Suspense with Information

Tell Me More: Creating Suspense with Information

It's frustrating and alienating for readers to feel like they should know what's going on but don't. They want to be grounded in a character, in a place, in a context.

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Allison Seay

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Allison Seay

"For a fleeting moment, or even less than that—the world is suspended. And then it’s irretrievable."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kelsi Villarreal

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kelsi Villarreal

"The earrings, for example: I'll never know if she really stole them but at some point I chose to believe she did. Is that unfair? I disapproved but was also really moved by the gift, and I don't think I ever told her."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Annie Lighthart

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Annie Lighthart

"I’m not sure if I slid into poetry, or if poetry ambushed me."