Bye, Bye Blackbird

In 1997, I met E.L. Doctorow at NYU. He taught me a great deal, not only about writing and editing but also about patience, and focus, and taking risks, and kin...

New Novel

Very happy to announce that my new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, will be published by The Dial Press in March 2017, and by Tinder Press (UK) in Apri...

Tales of Two Cities

I’ve got an essay in the new anthology TALES OF TWO CITIES, edited by John Freeman, illustrated by Molly Crabapple and released by OR Books (and now Pengu...

Goodbye, Woody Creek

For the past few weeks I’ve been the writer in residence at the Aspen Writer’s Foundation. I’m so grateful to the crack-team who brought me ou...

Wishing Stone

I’ll be teaching a one week intensive writing workshop with the amazing Dani Shapiro at Blantyre, a 5-star luxury resort in the Berkshires, November 2-8th...

All City Read

There will be an all city read of The Good Thief in my hometown of Salem, Massachusetts this summer: August 21-24, 2014. Thanks to Patricia Zaido and the Salem ...

Write a short story with me.

I’m about to teach my first online class: July 6-12, 2014. There will be videos, online “lectures”, power-point, writing exercises, and open d...

Writing under the Big Blue Whale

Once more I’ll be teaching a creative writing class at the American Museum of Natural History, Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 pm, Feb. 25-March 25th. Come and explore...