The Write Life
Writers on Writing

Clare Morris hosts The Write Life, nonfiction essays on the writing life.

Behind the Scenes

The Blue Nib's Reviews Editor, Emma Lee explains the processes involved in selecting, writing and producing reviews.

A Mild Case of Serendipity

Award-winning writer, Nigel Jarrett recalls a visit to the hospital that resulted in minor surgery of an unexpected kind.


Melissa St Pierre explores how a single word can scar a relationship irrevocably.

Delighting in the Detail, Clare Morris

Clare Morris on the joy of editing the Write Life column over the last 4 months and the pieces she has selected for this issue.

Forgotten Young Men on the Literary Trapeze

Michael Paul Hogan reflects on the lives of two sadly neglected American novelists.

Treasure Beach

Elizabeth Jaeger explains how a visit to a favourite beach helps her and her son deal with loss.

My grandfather the ballplayer

Jeremy Nathan Marks imagines his grandfather's past as a rising star of the Minor Leagues.

The Empty Space: Our Lady of Sljeme

Lincoln Jaques recalls his first trip to his wife's homeland.

Hands Across the Years

Terry Barr explains how some celebrations are memorable in unexpected ways.

Getting Above My Raisin’

Ann S. Epstein explores the self-doubt that ensnares us as we search for a publisher.

The Writing Mind’s Underlands and the Perspective of Time

Sarah Leavesley explains how the passing of time offers surprising opportunities for creative growth.

To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question….

James Fountain offers useful advice for those thinking of starting a PhD.


Delia Pring recalls the ache of loss in this compelling memoir.

Reexamining ‘Strange’ in a Pandemic

Aakriti Kunta explores how we quickly become accustomed to strangeness.

The Wrong Track

Rona Fitzgerald explains how you don't have to be trapped on the wrong track for ever.

Little Free Library

Kevin Kling explores the unexpected creative potential in little free libraries.

Pushing for Change

'It’s up to EVERYONE to push for change.' Author Philip Fracassi and the Horror Writers Community Raise More than $24K for the Black Lives Matter Movement

A Short Story Eclipsed

Mike Smith explains why Arthur Miller's short story 'The Misfits' is definitely worth a read.

Baking Bread During The Pandemic

Sophia Kouidou-Giles bakes bread and unlocks some powerful childhood memories.

Sparrow Generations

Don Krieger describes Pittsburgh's changing cityscape.

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