Ellen Birkett Morris

About Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is an award-winning journalist whose interviews and reviews have appeared in Authorlink, Prairie Schooner Online, The Louisville Courier-Journal, and reprinted in the reader’s guides to The Receptionist and Clever Girl. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Antioch Review, South Caroline Review, and Notre Dame Review. Ellen is a regular contributor to Authorlink.

Ellen is an avid reader and channeled her love of writing into a career as a journalist before taking up creative writing herself. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, www.DrKoop.com, and www.womensenews.org.

Ellen’s creative writing crosses genres. She is the author of Surrender, a poetry chapbook. Her fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in journals including Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, wigleaf, Inscape, The Butter, and Shenandoah.

Ellen loves literary fiction, poetry, essays and mysteries. She seeks to interview authors who write beautifully and have a style that is both evocative and accessible.

“I love the work of writers who present unique characters revealed through quirky, particular details. If the characters are believable, I will follow them anywhere. I am less interested in celebrity books that are a collection of random anecdotes. I am looking for a narrative that takes me somewhere.”
Ellen enjoys hearing about where writers get their ideas for work and about the challenges each new book represents.

“It is an honor to talk to writers who share their creative process and talk about the challenges they have overcome. These kinds of insights help us become better writers and better readers.”

Author Archives for Ellen Birkett Morris

Internationally Acclaimed Author Stewart O’Nan Hunts for the “Emotional Center” of a Story

May 26, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Internationally Acclaimed Author Stewart O’Nan Hunts for the “Emotional Center” of a Story

Stewart O'Nan provides Authorlink columnist Ellen Birkett Morris with insights into his writing life. O’Nan is the author of a dozen novels, including Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, The Good Wife and Last Night at the Lobster. With Stephen King, he wrote Faithful, a nonfiction account of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. His newest novel, the international bestseller Songs for the Missing, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and many others.


Write What’s Growing in Your Heart, Advises Janice Y. K. Lee

March 31, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Write What’s Growing in Your Heart, Advises Janice Y. K. Lee

Reading the richly interwoven story of two women and the man they love in Janice Y. K. Lee's THE PIANO TEACHER it is hard to believe that it was originally a short story. Lee, who started writing fiction in junior high school and never stopped writing, used to find the short story “the most natural form” for her writing.