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Literary Agent Interview: Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency

Victoria is looking for both commercial and literary fiction as well as young adult titles. Her favorite genres are historical fiction, suspense, mysteries, upmarket women’s fiction, and romance. The post Literary Agent Interview: Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency appeared first on

The Story Iceberg

8 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Our guest today is Gwendolyn Womack. Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn began writing plays in college while freezing in the tundra at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received an MFA from CalArts in Directing for theater and film and currently resides in California where she can be found at her keyboard. The Memory Painter is her first […]

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

11 hours agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Every day brings joy and pain, at least that’s what my Facebook feed would have me believe. Every day, I see stories of people helping each other and harming each other. Every day, I see surprises that improve lives and surprises that completely shatter lives. Show More Summary

Writer Unboxed Live! Panel at the Writer’s Digest Conference (+ discount code)

If you’ll be attending the Writer’s Digest conference–held in NYC from July 31st through August 2nd–please stop by to say hello; Writer Unboxed will be there. Our Live! panel is still in development, but here’s what we know at this point. Eight WU contributors will make up the panel, including Porter Anderson, Brunonia Barry, Dan Blank, […]

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

What an exciting month! One thing I tried to do this year was involve a few international judges, since we have participants from around the world. Today’s guest judge is definitely one of those: He’s from Canada, based in London, and today is in Paris. Show More Summary

Post-Poetry, Part 2: Outpost/Outland

Dear Divya, So there you are in Singapore, and here I am in Colorado Springs, both of which are sort of conflicted homeworlds for both of us, and outlands to the centers of poetic industry (haw haw). When Marina and I moved back here from San Francisco in 2001, we were dot-com refugees. We’d gotten […]

Spalding Gray, depression, and the Big Fish connection

Writing for The New Yorker, Oliver Sacks recounts his interactions with monologist Spalding Gray, and how his death was connected with Big Fish.

Scriptnotes, Ep 194: Poking the bear — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 194 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, on the last episode we promised that this […]

5 Hours of National Poetry Month

For the uberx driver who thought it a coincidence that my name was Yolanda like the Yolanda Adams he was listening to on the radio at the exact moment my request came through. For asking me, is this music okay with you? Gospel music, fine. Not my first choice, but fine. For my mama, who […]

5 Things I Would Like To See The Crime Fiction Community Stop Doing In 2015

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Here's 5 things Keith Rawson would like the crime fiction community to change in 2015. (By the way, it's really only one thing.) Column by Keith Rawson Alrighty, so you all know I love crime fiction, right? I mean, I really wouldn't have much of a career without it, so obviously I'm pretty nuts about it. Show More Summary

Flogometer for Juliette—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Needed—none for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first....

Sound Is Bob Kaufman, Poet

[A version of this talk was given at AWP in Minneapolis on April 10th, 2015 as part of the Neglected American Masters panel with James Allen Hall, Yona Harvey, and Richard Siken.] Every poet is an ambassador. Sometimes I’m so desperate I fly from the bottom of the country to the top just so I […]

Crucial book descriptions that don't quite work

2 days agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

jjjjjjjjjjComing up with a snappy description of your book is important these days. Here are a few that aren't terrible but have room fo improvement: Little is known about the great artist Rembrandt’s life — but this enlightening biography reveals...

Busted: Highway Book Dumper Identified

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The man dumping books along a Colorado highway has been identified. News by Peter Derk You might remember a little story about a mystery book dumper who's been operating along highway 287 near Boulder, CO. That's a mysterious culprit, not necessarily a dumper of mystery novels. Show More Summary

Notes for National Corpse Month, Part Five

The day before his wedding, my father took us to the Killing Fields. My sister and I, our stepsister and stepbrothers, their mother and our father, I say, though I don’t remember him being there. We were taken to the Killing Fields, Choeung Ek, and then we were there—walking in the grass, looking at thousands […]

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 1: The Dramatic First Read Through

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Last fall, we (maybe) wrote a book together. Now I'm editing mine, and I'll walk you through my process, a step at a time. Hopefully I've got something to share that'll be helpful to YOU! Column by Leah Rhyne Hi you guys! Remember me?...Show More Summary


Featuring Wo Chan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Janine Joseph and Javier Zamora– poets refusing to be silenced.  Homepage image courtesy of Julio Salgado:    Wo Chan is a Kundiman Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow,...Show More Summary

How I Landed A Literary Agent & What You Can Learn From it: Kat Spears

The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a book will be successful or that an author will sell a second book. A writer must be prepared...Show More Summary

Shame and Your Writing Career

Today I want to talk about the deeper motivations for decisions we make around our craft and career as writers. How fear and shame often play a role in decisions on how we practice our craft and navigate our career. For instance, the person who doesn’t release their finished novel because they fear it will […]

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

If you were to use one word to describe your April this year, what would it be? For me, I’d probably select whirlwind. I always come into the month expecting it to last forever, but it rushes by faster than I can imagine–and I’ve been through a few now. Show More Summary

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