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What Are the Main Influences on Your Work as a Writer?

They go way beyond the books you’ve read, a leading American novelist and writing teacher says

Joyce Carol Oates speaking at Emory University / Emory News Center

The novelist Mary Gordon likes to say, when people ask where she gets her ideas, “In the shower.” It’s one of the most candid — and accurate — responses I’ve…




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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.

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