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3 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I'm sure you've come across the advice that making your characters specific makes your story more powerful, but here's a real-world example of how being specific changes how people behave. It's a preview clip from a new TV series coming...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Susan Blumberg-Kason

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of the memoir GOOD CHINESE WIFE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Show More Summary

Grady Hendrix's 'Horrorstor' Moving To Television

11 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Grady Hendrix's Ikea-based horror novel 'Horrorstor' is being adapted for television. News by Peter Derk Hold on tight to those Grundtals, and don't forget to check for monsters behind that Hemnes. Horrorstör, Grady Hendrix's Ikea-inspired...Show More Summary

Patti Smith Visits Chicago

In advance of Patti Smith’s visit to Chicago as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, which includes a pair of performances at the Old Town School of Folk Music, she spoke with the Reader’s Aimee Levitt about moving to New York in the 1960s, her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, her poetry and music, and much [...]

Happy Halloween: 5 Creepy Regional Stories

14 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A grab-bag of spine-tingling tales to make you go "WTF!" Column by John Jarzemsky photo credit: It's the most wonderful time of the year. That time when ghosts and goblins roam the streets, terrorizing innocent neighborhoods with demands for candy and promises of fantastic and horrifying lawsuits tricks. Show More Summary

Poets & Writers Visits Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor of Graywolf Press

At Poets and Writers, spend a moment in conversation with Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press. The press, which PW writes “has been taking chances on new work often overlooked by editors in New York—and reaping big rewards” turns forty this year. From PW: Let’s start with a little about Graywolf. Do you think [...]

The 5-Question [Book/Acquisitions Editor] Interview: Jessica Gadsden

JESSICA GADSDEN is the publisher and co-founder of Penner Publishing. She is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in English Language & Literature. Additionally, she graduated from Cornell Law School. In addition to being a lifelong reader and lover of books, Gadsden is a traditionally and self-published author. Show More Summary

Author Alex Garland Is Now A Film Director

16 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The official teaser trailer for 'Ex Machina', the directorial debut of Alex Garland, is now online. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Best selling author Alex Garland (the overrated The Beach, the underrated The Tesseract) hasn't published a new novel in almost ten years. Show More Summary

At BOMB: John Ashbery Joins Adam Fitzgerald for Conversation

John Ashbery joins Adam Fitzgerald for a conversation published at BOMB that focuses on Ashbery’s time in Paris. Beginning with the foundation of Art and Literature their conversation moves between Ashbery’s Fulbright in Montpellier, life with James Schuyler in a sixth floor walk-up on 49th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and translating his diary [...]

Cats, Wives and Videotape: Survey Reveals What Really Distracts NaNoWriMo Participants

BY WILL LITTLE The starting gun is set to go off for the race to 50,000 words. At an average of 1,667 words a day, NaNoWriMo participants don’t have time to waste if … Read more

Bookshots: 'The Last Projector' By David James Keaton

17 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Look! Up in the sky! It's a jellyfish! It's a squid! It's a dildo! No, wait, it's David James Keaton's Post-Modern Crime novel, 'The Last Projector'! Review by Keith Rawson Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The...Show More Summary

How to Know Which Writing Opportunity is the BEST Path for You

I want to cover something very important this week, so I need you to do me a favor … Spend a few minutes today visualizing what a profitable writing career means to you. Read more

Introducing Myself

17 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Hi. I’m Allison. I’m introducing myself. I’m a writer. It’s an odd choice for the title of this blog and the intro because, well, I’ve been writing here for a while, and a few of you may know me. Also because this is actually my final post here on Writer Unboxed. Show More Summary

On Sylvia Plath’s Birthday, a Look at the Intended Arrangement of Ariel

“Winter is for women,” wrote Sylvia Plath, who would have been 82 years old this week (the 27th to be exact). In honor of the occasion, a piece at The Atlantic revisits Ariel, with a close eye on the posthumous poetry collection’s original intent: bees? It’s more complicated, actually. “Plath…never could have anticipated that becoming [...]

Three Awesome Things

19 hours agoArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

The greatest airline safety video ever.   Because who doesn’t like a good surprise proposal video?   Two priests in a dance off…  Wait, how does that joke go?Filed under: Awesome Things Tagged: Awesome Things, Kait Nolan

Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

20 hours agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

“Every story is an escape story.” I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story. I’ve printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer. It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something. Show More Summary

The great escape (it's what writing is all about)

"Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with completely different people." - Roald Dahl Being in a different place with completely different people is what made...

How to Choose the Right Age Category for Your KidLit Work-in-Progress

1. Don’t forget your overarching concept. My MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, is about a young girl who becomes a folk artist; with her grandfather’s help, they turn their home into a folk art environment. My initial idea wasShow More Summary

Now on Video: Eileen Myles’s Keynote Address From Symposium on the Work of Alice Notley

The three-day, much-anticipated Alette in Oakland: A Symposium on the Work of Alice Notley, organized by the good folks at The Bay Area Public School, concluded this past weekend. We were there in spirit. But now in video-flesh: Eileen Myles’s keynote address! With an introduction from Brandon Brown! We hear the event was a huge [...]

Location as story: Kids, welcome to the Pocket Money Loan Shop!

There are lots of ways to tell a story. In this case, it's a location, a loan shop where kids can get loans when, for instance, their parents have cut off their allowances. The annual interest rate is only 5000%....

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