Afabwaje Kurian


Afabwaje Kurian received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her debut novel, Before the Mango Ripens, will be released in September 2024. Her short fiction has appeared in Callaloo, Crazyhorse, The Bare Life Review, Joyland Magazine, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and its International Writing Program. She has served as a fiction screener for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters and is a two-time recipient of the Prairie Lights John Leggett Fiction Prize for short story writing. She has received residencies at Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and Ragdale. She currently teaches with The Writer’s Center in Washington, DC.

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Fast Drafting: The Art of Speed and Imperfection

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John Boyne wrote The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in less than three days. Kazuo Ishiguro drafted The Remains of the Day in four weeks. About his process, Ishiguro explained, “The priority was simply to get the ideas surfacing and growing. Awful sentences, hideous dialogue, scenes that went nowhere—I...
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