The first multi-genre writer’s guide authored, edited and published entirely by writers for writers.

Master the fine art of success as a writer.

A unique blend of practical advice and creative inspiration, Now What? combines personal essays, editorials, poetry, fiction, articles, instruction, checklists, and glossaries of key industry and legal terms, each based on the personal experience and hard-learned lessons of MFA graduates or faculty members.


“Yes, writers, there is life after the MFA. Eight or nine years before I found an agent and publisher, I found a writers’ group. My literary success has been partly about luck but mostly about persistence, humility, a commitment to solitude, and active and ongoing participation in a community of writers. Now What? is an effective primer crafted by a writing community on how to build your own writing community, and other fundamental elements of success as a writer.”

— Wally Lamb
New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True


This comprehensive resource created by 46 writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry helps new creative writing program graduates and aspiring authors of all kinds survive and thrive as lifelong writers.

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