Community: Catapult Instructors

What I Need You to Know: A Conversation with Frances Lefkowitz

In this new monthly column, writer and Catapult instructor Jessica Wilbanks sits down with a diverse range of contemporary writers to take a close look at the craft choices they made while writing a single short story, essay, or poem.

Oct 18, 2019
Making Modern Love

How Publishing a New York Times Essay Changed My Life

How To Finish

Three ways of thinking that might help you get the damned novel done, from our beloved 12-Month Novel Generator instructor, Lynn Steger Strong (author of HOLD STILL)

"So if I am a tender writer... then my poems should be everything that I am."

Leah Johnson interviews poet and classes instructor Angel Nafis on community, process, and writing in and outside of an MFA. (Even though advice is whack.)

Oct 23, 2018
"The only obligation I felt was to the characters..."

An interview with Classes instructor Fatima Farheen Mirza, the New York Times bestselling author of A PLACE FOR US, at Electric Literature

Oct 03, 2018
"At times Black womanhood feels fantastic."

Read an interview with classes instructor Wayétu Moore about new novel SHE WOULD BE KING

The seed that started IF YOU LEAVE ME

Classes instructors Naima Coster and Crystal Hana Kim discuss Crystal's debut novel, IF YOU LEAVE ME

"For an essay to fit together, I really want it to be so honest that it actually becomes dangerous."

Catapult instructors Leigh Stein and Chelsea Hodson discuss artistic sacrifices, gender expectations, and Hodson's new essay collection, TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE.

Aug 15, 2018
An Interview with Reductress

Catapult instructor Elissa Bassist chats with the founders and editor-at-large of “the one and only fake women’s news magazine”

Jan 11, 2018
Karen Bender’s Patented Ten Commandments for Becoming a Writer

Karen shares practical, easy-to-implement steps to become a writer.

Sep 06, 2017
Don’t Write Alone Weekend Recap

Writing is, at its most basic level, the desire to connect. Our first Don’t Write Alone weekend was a celebration of that fact.

Jun 30, 2017
TinyLetter of the Month: Laura Goode, “Rooting for Your Rebirth”

“We live in a sequence of ten thousand birth stories. The best we can do is keep getting born.”

Jun 06, 2017
Hanging Out in Other People's Heads: An Interview with Catapult Instructor Shelly Oria

“As a writer you get to know the characters so much better—their quirks and fears, the wirings and miswirings of their psyche—and it can be so much fun, and at times such an escape from whatever is going on in your own mind.”

Mar 02, 2017
A Chat with Literary Agent Christopher Hermelin

“Publishing is a ‘hurry up and wait’ industry.”

Dec 01, 2016