All in Craft Care

Satire is Coming to Save the World: An Interview with Brooke Preston of The Belladonna

Here at Upwrite, we try to be funny sometimes. We are (definitely) funnier when we give care and consideration to our jokes, leaning toward satire that suggests empowerment as it critiques culture. That's why the pieces on The Belladonna Comedy website are our freaking love language. We had an opportunity to speak with one of the four lovely editors of The Belladonna about what makes a strong submission, how to write hopeful jokes, and why all magazines should be Meyers-Briggs type inclusive. Check it out! 

Curiosity and Courage: Craft Care Interview with John Weirick

Publishing is weird. From identifying a target demographic, to pitching yourself and your idea to industry heavyweights, to building social media platforms, to sitting down and doing the writing, itself --- all if it is work, and there are plenty of days that it doesn't come easily, even to the most well-regarded contemporary authors. Self-publishing presents its own list of riddles: How can I market myself without being obnoxious? Is there a way to make my content more appealing to people I don't know? What am I going to do to pay for editors and designers? And the biggest question of all:  How do I know that anyone even wants to read this? What if this is all a waste of time?

Cactus Blooms: Preserving Poetic Inspiration in A Digital Desert

The well is dry.

That’s how I felt a few weeks ago. I’d spent a beleaguered couple months consuming everything that crossed my path: tweets, magazine articles, conversations on NPR; everything from inspiration to information to vitriol. Yet no matter how much I’d cram into my mind—another poem, a few more pages, one more scroll through Twitter—I felt empty. I had no reserves from which to draw. As a result, I wasn’t writing well or thinking clearly.

You Too Can Save the World: Why Craft Care is Culture Care

It’s sunny, and the city hums with a quiet bustle. I’ve come downtown on a chilly Michigan afternoon. Detroit’s been offering a lot lately: restaurants, coffee houses, storefronts--art and culture, as it were. Shinola, decked with designer bikes, watches, and leather products, is a new start-up, and it’s growing fast. The Jolly Pumpkin is hopping. People are noshing on artisan pizzas. I love it. But, not three blocks over, a line. The crowd patiently swarms a soup kitchen. 

The Economy of Craft: How Writing in Community Serves Us All

Once upon a half-empty glass of boxed wine, I cold-emailed the founder of a well-known content-aggregator site. I had a story, and to be frank, a hankering to go viral. Though I had seen my name in lights on a couple of other large websites (none of whom paid their writers), my articles had not yet reached the threshold of Facebook shares that I was sure would “get me the book deal.”

How to Really Write While Mothering: Five Tips for Aspiring Writers in a Season When Writing Comes Second

"It's too early to be up." "It's quiet time, and Mama is working."  I've said both of these phrases more times than I'd like to count to one of the three tiny boys that reside in my house. I send the older boys back to their dump trucks, lay the toddler down with his favorite blanket, and sneak back to the computer to type a few more words, edit a blog post, or sketch out a painting.

And Their Hearts Were Very Full: Nurturing Craft Over Content in an Age of Brand

Lauren sets the table while I sip a glass of wine: simple white dishes, silver forks, folded cloth napkins. “Are you sure I can’t help?” I ask. “Everything is almost ready, just waiting for the roast to finish. How’s work?” I tell her about one of my students who wrote a creative writing assignment about the entire class (including myself) taking a trip on the TARDIS.