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Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, a Washington Post Notable Book, as well as The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls. She is a founder of NoveltyDC, which offers manuscript consultations and private coaching. Among the honors she has received are numerous Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, American Academy's Rosenthal Award, and the James Jones First Novel Award. Mary Kay has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution. She is a cofounder of the DMV Women Writers, DC-area Ambassador for the Authors Guild, and a Director Emeritus of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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“MKZ is a powerhouse writer, whose novels made me cheer and worry and howl. But she’s also a powerhouse reader and co-inventor. Her notes and questions made my manuscript come alive again—not a completed thing to pick at or mull over but a living creature to keep feeding.”—John Mauk, Field Notes for the Earthbound

"MKZ has a revelatory understanding of the craft and process of fiction writing. Her workshops provide support, feedback, and deadlines so crucial for any writer, and they produce results. I know—I took one." Caroline Preston, The War Bride's Scrapbook

The Man Alive! bracelet my sweet daughter made me

A newspaper dress I bought in the subway proves to be perfect for a New Yorker party in "The Talk of the Town."

A beautiful new journal called Origins includes my notion that imagination is a form of intuition in "I Can See Clearly Now."

I explain "How to Make Your Book a Bestseller" in The Atlantic.

Shelf Awareness sends Debra Ginsberg to ask whatever her heart desires. We turn out to be a good match.

Lisa Gornick and I interview each other because her wonderful new novel, Tinderbox, revolves around a psychiatrist, as does Man Alive!

Sometimes people give me presents. No pressure. And by people, I usually mean Yael Gen.

Bonus round, parenting division: here's how I turned my son into a reader.

And here's my discovery that E. L. Konigsburg was my muse.


Hats off to book clubs . . .

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