Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

Alice Mattison

Alice Mattison’s book, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, was described as a “generous, empathetic writer’s companion” in a starred review in Kirkus. Publishers Weekly wrote, “Novice writers can do themselves (and us all) a favor by dipping into this practical primer.” A starred review in Library Journal praised the book as “engaging and approachable.”

Alice is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories, and a book of poems. Her most recent novel, When We Argued All Night, was a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice. In Case We’re Separated, a collection of connected stories, won the Connecticut Book Award for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have been published to critical acclaim in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Ecotone, and anthologized in The Pushcart Prize, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories

She lives in New Haven, Conn., and teaches fiction in the MFA program at Bennington College. She has also taught at Brooklyn College; Yale University; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.; the Paris Writers Workshop; and elsewhere. Find out more about Alice on her website,