Jane Eaton Hamilton

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What Being an Editor Taught Anna Pitoniak About Writing

Anna Pitoniak on the Inside Tricks of the Trade

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“I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever I can grab the free time. I began my first novel (which is publishing today) while I was working as an editor, and I credit my job with giving me the courage, and the tools, to tackle writing a book. The truth is that spending one’s life reading good writing—not just reading it, but thinking about what makes it so good—is the best way to teach one’s self how to do it. For some people, this might mean enrolling in an MFA program. For me, I was lucky enough to learn by observing the other editors around me, and working on manuscripts as they went from rough drafts to finished books. It was the best writing education I could have received.”

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Craftwork: Douglas Glover

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The Centre for Fiction hosts a great series called Craftwork (episodes can be found on You Tube). Some of the presenting authors are Jennifer Egan, Myla Goldberg, Alan Cheuse, Christine Schutt, and Peter Straub.

Doug Glover, author of “Savage Love” and “Elle,” among other books, and editor of Numéro Cinq, and a man I greatly admire, talks brilliantly about the structure of novels here:

Craftwork with Douglas Glover

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