Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month in November, writing a novel or memoir, or just want to learn how to become a better writer…we’re here to help you achieve your writing goals!

We’ve compiled a list of past programs and author talks that include specific tips and tricks for moments throughout the writing process. Find the inspiration and motivation you need to keep on writing!

Portrait of Octavia E. Butler with quote of hers that reads, "You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff. And then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. It's just so easy to give up!"
Portrait of Henry Miller with quote of his that reads, "Work on one thing at a time until finished. Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards."


The American Writers Museum’s author program series are great ways to hear from current published writers about all aspects of the writing process—from outlining and first drafts to editing and publishing and everything in between. Join us at one of these upcoming programs and feel reenergized about your writing!

All of our past programs and author talks include writing tips and advice, but here are just a few that we wanted to show you.

Click on the video link and you will go directly to the section of the conversation we’ve highlighted here. Additionally, check out the full AWM Author Talks playlist on YouTube and hear writing insights from your favorite writers!

Shay Bravo
Historically Inaccurate

Shay Bravo, whose debut novel Historically Inaccurate won the 2019 Watty Awards, has some ideas about what to do when you feel stuck in your writing.

Jacqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming

Renowned author Jacqueline Woodson shares how she finds inspiration for her writing, namely by paying attention to everyday life and reading, reading, reading.

Lilliam Rivera
Never Look Back

In discussing her middle grade novel Never Look Back, Lilliam Rivera discusses the importance of research in the writing process, especially when communicating a particular cultural background to the reader.

J. Michael Straczynski
Becoming Superman

“You don’t make art happen, you let art happen.” Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski discusses his writing process, most notably the importance of getting out of your own way and letting the writing happen.

Condensed versions of these programs and many others are also available as podcast episodes.
Visit the AWM Podcast Network Hub for more writing advice.

Dive into our exhibits, both in-person and online, for more writing tips and insights.
Explore AWM exhibits here.

In particular, our special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today features more than 30 contemporary writers who share how their immigrant and refugee experiences have impacted their processes. Check out some of these below.

Laila Lalami

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Regardless of a writer’s background, the writer’s perspective is anchored in who they are as a person and the sum of their experiences.”

Erika L. Sánchez

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For me, solitude is really essential to writing.”

Yiyun Li

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You always start from the unknown and when you write you get to know a little bit better.”