Nathan Deuel, MFA, former editor at Rolling Stone and The Village Voice and author of Friday Was the Bomb, an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Mr. Deuel’s personal essays, creative nonfiction, reporting, criticism, and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among many others. He is a contributing editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books.
To understand our world, we tell stories. Even when life seems chaotic and cruel, insane and disorderly, we often try to fit what we encounter into a narrative. The best stories are the ones we remember and retell. Occasionally, we’re even compelled to put pen to paper. Some of us are compelled to commit this act of writing quite often, and it is the true believers among us who I hope to encounter. We can write to know ourselves, to know each other, and perhaps even to become better people together. Some stories are entertaining, others tragic, some funny, others stirring. Nearly all of them can be improved. Whatever your artistic goals and ambitions, whichever are your hopes for publication, I hope to help get you closer to the kind of writer you want to become, one step at a time.
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