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An Interview with Playwright Julia Izumi

49 Writers had the honor of interviewing Julia Izumi, an award-winning playwright, Theater Alaska workshop instructor, and Brown University playwriting professor. Below, she shares her thoughts on the writing process, what she’s learned from her mistakes, and the limits of American theater. How do you approach a new play? What is your process? I’ll get …

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In Search of Lost Time, 2022: Not Another Productivity Post by Andromeda Romano-Lax

I put away my scale for the month of January. Generally, I believe in weighing myself daily, which research supports as helping with weight control. But I could tell I was investing too much in the flashing numbers, being buoyed or dismayed by small fluctuations instead of putting emphasis on real health: how I feel, …

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Spectacle and the Art of Blowing Things Out of Proportion by Carey Seward

When I was considering what to write for this blog post, I thought about what superpowers playwriting can share with other writing genres. One major difference between most forms of writing and playwriting is that a play is incomplete on the page. As a novel requires a reader and their imagination to participate in consuming …

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Vacation Returns by Sean Ulman

As the year turns in Alaska, outdoor rituals mark shifting seasons.  Picking berries, harvesting gardens, splitting wood, first frost… Upon my family’s return from an overdue trip to Cape Cod, I’ve been thinking about how vacation fits into this puzzle. And what a boon it can be for a writer.  For many, vacation is a …

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Tidal Echoes: Literary Journal by Shaelene Moler

First published in 2004, Tidal Echoes is an annual Southeast Alaskan literature and arts journal administered by the University of Alaska Southeast. Although it originated as a university-specific journal only accepting submissions from students at UAS Juneau, the journal now publishes work from all over the southeast region. Over the last 17 years, Tidal Echoes …

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Revisiting His Dash to Stay Still: Pico Iyer on the Craft and Life of a Restless Writer

A guest post by author and North Words Program Director Daniel Henry. (First Posted in May, 2018). As Time magazine’s travel correspondent since 1986, Pico Iyer has visited nearly every corner of the globe in search of the astonishing, remarkable, bizarre, and profound. He’s the author of bestselling books including Video Night in Kathmandu and The Global …

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