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American Writers Museum Q&A with Tim O'Brien

In Their Own Words: Tim O’Brien

In his classic book The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien writes, “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing […]

In Their Own Words: Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is a journalist, editor, podcast host, and author of both fiction and nonfiction…so it is safe to say managing time is crucial to them. Time plays a major role in their new novel, The Future of Another Timeline, specifically time travel and history revision. In the novel, two lives from different eras cross. […]

J. Michael Straczynski: How to Have a Career in Writing

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been telling stories in a variety of formats — from television to comics to film and more. But there is one story he has never told — until now: his own life story. In his new memoir, Becoming Superman, Straczynski does just that, detailing how the power of […]

Tanaya Winder at the American Writers Museum on May 9

Tanaya’s Writing Tips

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community […]

Photo collage of Frederick Douglass

Past Imperfect: Lives in the Biographer’s Mirror

Author, historian, and journalist Tom Chaffin joins us Wednesday, March 13 to discuss his recent book Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary, which tells the tale of Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of the British Isles, a journey that would prove pivotal to the growth of Douglass as an […]

Open pocket watch and person writing

The Right Time to Write

When is the right time to write? What is the best setting? What’s the ideal age and stage of life to begin penning that memoir or novel that’s been hiding inside you for years? These are questions that have plagued established and novice writers for centuries. I recently read numerous interviews with well-known authors that […]

A classroom of students typing at the typewriters in the Story of the Day exhibit

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here! We think YOU’RE awesome, Shibla, and hope you make it back this year: This place is […]

Typed on a typewriter: 1. 2. 3.

The Seven Rules of Writing

My entire life revolves around the written word. It has been that way since childhood. My writing tools have evolved since then: crayon to pencil, typewriter to computer – but the inexplicable need I have to write has not wavered. How did this love affair take flight? I attribute much of it to reading.         […]