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 2024:
February - Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle
March - The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
April - The New Naturals by Gabriel Bump
May - Severance by Ling Ma
June - Fences by August Wilson
July - The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

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


Old Crimes: and Other Stories By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209735
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 9th, 2024

Beloved author Jill McCorkle delivers a collection of masterful stories that are as complex as novels—deeply perceptive, funny, and tragic in equal measure—about crimes large and small.

McCorkle, author of the New York Times bestselling Life After Life and the widely acclaimed Hieroglyphics (“One of our wryest, warmes

The Refugees By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127365
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Published: Grove Press - January 2nd, 2018

From the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Refugees is the second piece of fiction from a powerful voice in American letters, praised as "beautiful and heartrending" (Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker), "terrific" (Chicago Tribune), and "an important and incisive book" (Washington Post).

The New Naturals: A Novel By Gabriel Bump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208806
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 14th, 2023

**A 2023 NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST Notable Book and a BOSTON GLOBE Best Book of the Year**

From the Ernest J.

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Severance: A Novel By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

"A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring." Michael Schaub,

Fences By August Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452264014
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Published: Plume - June 1st, 1986

From legendary playwright August Wilson comes the powerful, stunning dramatic bestseller that won him critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize.

The Violin Conspiracy: A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club) By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593315422
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Published: Vintage - December 6th, 2022

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music worldwhen a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.