All items: John Updike

An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.
Reading as a writer and not just as a reader is a different experience, both richer and less carefree; instead of simply enjoying the ride now you are paying attention to the mechanism that makes it possible

Diana Evans speaks with Frances Byrnes about how story and 'real life story' aren’t the same thing, what you really need to be writer, writing versus dancing and the need for more black writers.

Charles Boyle speaks with Julia Copus about literary gender-swapping, the role that small presses have to play in today’s publishing world, and how serendipity has helped shape his life and career.

Since Shakespeare delighted Elizabeth I by giving Sir John Falstaff his own play, characters from stories have often had afterlives — existences outside the works that gave birth to them. John Pilkington argues that appropriating a character, and turning him or her into someone new, is very different from writing a mere sequel.