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Some of the greatest works of literature have emerged from times of crisis, and with most of the world in lockdown, we have more time to write than ever before. But where can we find inspiration?

Look no further than PEN to Paper, a video series of original writing exercises from authors of the PEN America World Voices Festival. Writers we love share short prompts to stir the imagination in these home videos. Our online audiences gain intimate insights into their favorite writers and their unique approaches to craft while putting their own pens to paper.

Emily X.R. Pan Featured ImageGrab that dusty first draft you have been avoiding for this week’s episode, where young adult novelist Emily X. R. Pan takes a deep dive with us into her favorite part of writing: the revision process. She proves it’s more fun than you might think.

Check out her video now, and preorder her upcoming anthology of young adult literature with Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA, on Bookshop and Amazon.

About Emily X. R. Pan

Emily X. R. Pan is the New York Times best-selling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com