Jami Attenberg
CRAFT TALK is a weekly newsletter about writing, creativity and productivity from author Jami Attenberg. This is also the home of #1000wordsofsummer, where, once a year, we write 1000 words a day together for two weeks straight. (This year: 5/31/21!)
Created 30 Jun 2019
  • I Came All This Way to Meet You
    10 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 66 11
    Hi friends. Tomorrow is my pub day. Some nice reviews have shown up. I liked this from the Boston Globe: “[Attenberg’s] writing…shimmers with keen pragmatic observations as well as deeply perceptible ...
  • The Box of Books
    05 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 23 0
    Hi friends. I have a new essay out in The Guardian. It’s about carving out a creative life for yourself and also how to contend with rejection and you can read it here. I like how it turned out a lot....
  • All the Versions of Yourself
    01 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 35 3
    Hi friends. The weather is out of control here right now. It’s been in the eighties the last few days, but tomorrow it will drop more than forty degrees, and everything feels off kilter, but I suppose...
  • All My Favorite Things
    27 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 36 22
    Hi friends. An excerpt adapted from my memoir is over on The New Yorker this morning, if you want to take a look. I’ve actually never been published by them before, not even reviewed. I don’t write a ...
  • You Will Write Again
    20 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 37 18
    Hi friends. I have been working on this letter for a few days and was having a lot of trouble getting it done and I could not figure out why, and then last night I was messing around online and your h...
  • The Finished Version
    12 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 20 1
    Hi friends. I announced my tour dates this week. Most of the events are virtual, and I am in conversation with some astonishing writers, including Benjamin C. Dreyer, Ada Limon, Patricia Lockwood, and...
  • The End of the Line
    05 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 23 6
    Hi friends. Have you ever felt like you were writing four books to find the one book? That’s what I feel like I’m doing now. I know the one book is in there — there’s no doubt in my mind. I have an ou...
  • Leaning into the Awkwardness
    28 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 38 3
    Hi friends. The other day, a friend’s beautiful big white dog passed away. All day I thought about her and her dog. The sky was so gorgeous, and I took a walk, and there were incredible clouds and bur...
  • What Do We Own?
    21 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 27 12
    Hi friends. This morning I was thinking about this artist I knew when I was younger and just starting out in the creative world. He was about fifteen years older than me, miles ahead in the developmen...
  • The Wrong Right Way
    14 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 26 5
    Hi friends. I did too much writing this week, and not enough of it was good. I was working on one essay for a long time, and the words were piling up but they weren’t getting me anywhere new or intere...
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