About TW

Talking Writing is a nonprofit magazine that promotes passionate writing and reading in the new media world.


The digital magazine Talking Writing features essays, first-person journalism, stories, and poetry. Founded in 2010, TW now generates more than a quarter of a million page views annually and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Great writing makes us want to sing or shout or argue, and TW’s innovative format opens virtual doors to readers and writers everywhere. As the publishing industry continues to transform itself online, Talking Writing exemplifies why luminous stories and well-executed journalism matter more than ever.

We've published interviews with Jennifer Egan, Robert Olen Butler, Connie Willis, and Terry Tempest Williams. Talking Writing includes a thriving poetry section with work by Alicia Ostriker, Katharine Harer, JP Howard, and many other contemporary poets. TW opinion pieces have sparked provocative debate and been excerpted in Salon, Ebony, the Huffington Post, and the International Examiner.

Based in the Boston area, Talking Writing was cofounded by Martha Nichols and Elizabeth Langosy. Since its first issue, TW has established partnerships with other literary organizations, grown into a large network of writers, and inspired the kind of reader comments that make us believe books and authors have a future.

How TW Works

Talking Writing magazine publishes four issues a year—Fall, Holiday, Winter, and Spring—with a break during the summer.

Each issue launches with six to eight pieces. In the weeks that follow, we publish new essays, interviews, and other features until the entire issue is complete. As pieces publish, they appear in the Table of Contents for the current issue.

Readers who sign up for a free email subscription get a message whenever a new Talking Writing piece appears.

Every issue of TW focuses on a different theme, such as "Family Stories." Submission deadlines for upcoming themes can be found in TW’s Editorial Calendar.

TW's Nonprofit Mission

Discussing, dissecting, and interacting with works of literature moves us to a more humane understanding of the world.

That’s our credo, especially in these unsettled times for writers. TW's core mission is to build digital literary community. We believe that literature and responsible journalism deserve far more space than they currently claim online—and TW is committed to encouraging authors at all stages of their careers.

As an independent, nonprofit organization, Talking Writing relies on donations and grants to keep publishing. While we don’t charge for subscriptions, we do encourage readers to donate whatever they can to help us grow.

All donations to TW are tax deductible.


The writers I love most are the ones who beg me to write 'yes' in the margins. Or the ones who dare me to think about an idea that was formerly a taboo.

—Terry Tempest Williams, from a 2013 TW interview