Cathy Day has been teaching undergraduate and graduate fiction workshops for almost 20 years, most recently at Ball State University. She’s the author of The Circus in Winter(2004) which was a finalist for the Story Prize, andComeback Season (2008). Her work has appeared most recently in Ninth Letter, Freight Stories, North American Review, and Sports Illustrated.com. Her essay, “The Story Problem: 10 Thoughts on Academia’s Novel Crisis”appeared recently in The Millions. She writes about novel writing (and teaching novel writing) at her blog, The Big Thing. Three books she recommends to FWR’s readers are David Huddle’s The Writing Habit, Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life, and Brenda Ueland’s If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit. Visit her website at cathyday.com.