Premiering with weekly episodes in January 2020
In the Atelier is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted installment brings you reflections and real talk on subjects like the nature of creativity, the highs and lows of making art, inspiring works of literature and cinema, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books and hosted by author, publisher, and teacher M. Allen Cunningham.
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What Resists Us Helps Us
Imposed limitations can galvanize the imagination. So here's to salutary antagonisms!
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses.
The Attempt Is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried.
Ghosts and Teachers
Inspiration is often an assertive act, and pilgrimage is one way to harness it.
Working Without Working
What really takes discipline? Not working.
A Good Way to Lose
"Your application was not successful." These words don't always mean what we might think they do.
Surrendering to Process
Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone. And that's no straightforward task.
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Being "oneself" could mean any number of things. That's an inspiring -- and scary -- thought.
What Am I Doing With My Life?
We look at two types of doubt that the creative soul is heir to, and consider how we might make use of them.
Opportunity & Inspiration
What do you do if you're a young writer and you receive an invitation from National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son? (Hint: don't panic.)
"Going Strong While Getting By" (bonus installment)
There are many reasons -- so many reasons -- for a rubbery deadline. Onward!
"In the Absence of Yes" (complete episode)
Thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection.