This is Working with Wiley Cash


THIS IS WORKING is a monthly guided experience from bestselling author Wiley Cash that engages your creative mind and boosts your creative process, all while you work at your own pace. There are two membership options:


Creators Notebook

$4.99 / month
The monthly CREATORS NOTEBOOK features a personal essay about creativity and process, as well as an exercise designed to get you seeing, thinking, and creating with renewed excitement, regardless of what you're creating. 

Living in the Work

$9.99 / month
LIVING IN THE WORK includes the monthly CREATORS NOTEBOOK, as well as monthly videos in which Wiley talks with well-known writers, comedians, artists, and musicians from around the country to discuss creativity and their process.
LIVING IN THE WORK also includes a membership in the OPEN CANON BOOK CLUB, which features a monthly live, virtual book club discussion hosted by Wiley, as well as a 20% discount on book club selections from Bookmarks. 



Selections for 2023:
January - Bloodline by Ernest J. Gaines
February - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
March - Decent People by DeShawn Charles Winslow
April - Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
May - Refuse to Be Done  by Matt Bell
June - Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash
August - Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
September - After the Lights Go Out by John Vercher

Click the links above or on the books below to purchase. Use the discount code CANON22 at checkout to receive a 20% discount. Add "Open Canon Book Club" to your order comments.



Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels and the founder of This Is Working, an online creative community. He's been a fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and teaches fiction writing and literature at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their daughters. Cash's short stories and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Our State Magazine, and other publications, and his fiction has been adapted for the stage and film. He has taught creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Bethany College, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from UL-Lafayette, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a B.A. in Literature from UNC-Asheville. 

Photo by Mallory Cash


Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts By Matt Bell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641293419
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Published: Soho Press - March 8th, 2022

They say writing is rewriting. So why does the second part get such short shrift? Refuse To Be Done will guide you through every step of the novel writing process, from getting started on those first pages to the last tips for making your final draft even tighter and stronger.

Bloodline: Five Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Ernest J. Gaines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679781653
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 1997

In these five stories, Ernest Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying.

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018


A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, i

Decent People By De'Shawn Charles Winslow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575323
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 17th, 2023

From Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winning author De'Shawn Charles Winslow, a sweeping and unforgettable novel of a Black community reeling from a triple homicide, and the secrets the killings reveal.

Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • “A shattering and darkly comic send-up of racial stereotyping in Hollywood” (Vanity Fair) and a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

Poems: New and Selected By Ron Rash Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062435521
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Published: Ecco - February 21st, 2017

A collection of haunting lyricism that evokes the beauty and hardship of the rural South, by a revered American master of letters—the award-winning, bestselling author of the novels Serena, Something Rich and Strange, and Above the Waterfall.

Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250252692
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 1st, 2021

A New York Times Notable Books of 2020

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

After the Lights Go Out By John Vercher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294621
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Published: Soho Press - May 2nd, 2023

A harrowing and spellbinding story about family, the complications of mixed-race relationships, misplaced loyalties, and the price athletes pay to entertain—from the critically acclaimed author of Three-Fifths