Packet 2: Your Writing Practice

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Additional Resources


This is a document that will help you stay organized. It’s available in a Google Sheet or Excel format.

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Click the player to hear advice from each writer.

It takes a really long time, 10 years I mean, to become really good. And you will get better. And you will have success as the writing improves, and the only way that the writing is going to improve is with time. There’s no secret. There is not something happening that somebody else knows about. There’s not a cabal of New York people. None of that is happening. Everybody wants to publish and find and read great writing.

— Claire Dederer



Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller. Poser has been translated into 11 languages, optioned for television by Warner Bros., and adapted for the stage.

Dederer is a long-time contributor to The New York Times. Her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, Yoga Journal, Newsday, Slate, Salon, and many other publications. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Labor Day. Dederer began her career as the chief film critic for Seattle Weekly. She has taught at Hugo House, the University of Washington, and many residencies, workshops, and conferences. Dederer served as writer-in-residence in the MFA program at Old Dominion University, and has been awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, where she also taught the Master Class in memoir.

Dederer is a fourth-generation Seattle native. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband, the writer Bruce Barcott, and their children.

As a high schooler, I had a sense that writing was not a career, so I went and got a serious job, and I became an economist at a think tank. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I learned that there is such a thing as a career in writing, and then I quit that job and started writing in earnest.

— Peter Mountford

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Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. His second novel, The Dismal Science (Tin House Books, 2014) was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.