word craft



City of Light, City of Dark

The Art of Fixing a Shadow

Pho­tog­ra­phy has long fas­ci­nat­ed me. … I set up a dark­room in the base­ment of my house and worked with film. … At the time I was immersed in all of this I wrote three books, which, I believe, were great­ly influ­enced by my engage­ment with images.

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African violets

Now Winter Has Come

This morn­ing, in Den­ver, it was minus eight degrees. Sure­ly, win­ter. I remind­ed myself, “If Win­ter comes, can Spring be far behind?”. 

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How the Past Comes into the Present

A 19th-cen­tu­ry fact, writ­ten down by my grand­moth­er in 1939, edit­ed by my twin sis­ter in 1978, writ­ten into my fic­tion in 2024. My way of orga­niz­ing the past into a con­tem­po­rary fic­tion­al narrative.

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winter sun

The Red Fox

Some­times, liv­ing in a for­est as I do, I get a glimpse of nature in all its liv­ing beau­ty, its calm­ing beauty.

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The Maltese Falcon

The Pleasure of Re-Reading

I’m sure I’m preach­ing to the choir here when I speak of the plea­sures of read­ing. But per­haps not enough is said about the plea­sure of re-reading.

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Among Friends

How Publishing Used to Feel

Among Friends is “a his­to­ry of an indus­try trans­formed by con­sol­i­da­tion and shift­ing tastes.” I have been part of that indus­try since 1968, when my first book, Things That Some­times Hap­pen, was accept­ed for publication.

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Monster Walter Dean Myers


If peo­ple can­not be taught or expe­ri­ence how to express their feel­ings, frus­tra­tions, and con­flicts with words, they will find ways—destructive ways—to express their emotions.

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