Hurrah! She’s the queen! Congratulations to Ms. Khadijah Queen, winner of this year’s Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing. This prize, in memory of Leslie Scalapino and her commitment to experimental writing and performance, includes a $2,500 cash prize, print publication by Litmus Press, a staged reading of the piece by Fiona Templeton’s company [...]
You think that getting published would be a joyous occasion. Think again. It's a horror show. Column by Ed Sikov After years of writing journal entries only you ever read, book and music reviews seen only by you, or novels and shortShow More Summary
For those of you attending the Writer Unboxed Un-Con – especially the newbies among us – it may be useful to give some thought to how to get the most out of your upcoming writers conference experience. For those of you not attendingShow More Summary
New York Times reports that off-beat, intelligent publishing house, McSweeney’s, is adding a new feather to its cap: non-profit status. The San Francisco-based publisher, founded by Dave Eggers, has been churning out risky material for the last 16 years. What’s with the change? NYT’s Alexandra Alter is here to helps us unpack the headline: McSweeney’s, [...]
When you make eye contact, break it immediately. Check the time repeatedly. Because it's easiest to be alone in a crowd. And I am more alone in a crowd, than I ever am on my own.
Can book reviewing make you a better storyteller? Hell yes it can! And here's Keith Rawson's take on how to do it. Column by Keith Rawson About a month ago, writer and editor Sheldon Lee Compton posted on Facebook: “I don’t just want...Show More Summary
One exquisite moment On Sunday morning, I drove through town to have coffee with a friend. It was one of those exquisite fall days that sometimes arrive just before winter settles in—the aspens and cottonwoods are all bright yellow clouds...Show More Summary
Ok that is really flipping cool as a navigation system. Makes my Garmin Nuvi look downright ancient (well it’s also dead, but that’s beside the point). Puppies vs. Door Stoppers. You’re welcome. And the latest from Justine Musk, who always makes me think. I love this. You are your own damn permission slip. […]
Asymptote’s fall issue is here! This looks incredible. Not heard? It’s a “new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing.” They are certainly achieving that. The October issue includes poetry by Hirato Renkichi, from Collected Poems, translated from the Japanese by Sho Sugita; new work [...]
Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David […]
How sad it is to be somewhere else, when you're here.
This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs. Column by Gayle Towell In this edition we’ve got reptilians, zombies, and aliens. Perfect for Halloween, right? Right. First up, a user emailed the following paragraph: Glancing out of his hiding spot Ito looked down with a derisive snort. Show More Summary
photo by Jaina A couple of weeks ago, a client told me one of his beta readers had said his book read like a comic book. I asked why that was a bad thing. Granted, you don’t want your characters to be shallow caricatures or your plot...Show More Summary
I have been a crap blogger lately. Which is more stating a fact because I’m not apologizing for it. I’m up to my eyeballs in the end of this book. Fought my way through the scene that was giving me fits over the weekend until finally hitting its reason for being yesterday. I have five […]
At Jacket2, Sarah Dowling thinks through multilingual writing in the poetry of Garry Thomas Morse, and argues that “In asking that we attend to the untranslatable, to the unassimilable, multilingual writing also asks whose languages we are speaking, what languages aren’t we hearing, which histories are contained within a word. To read multilingual writing is [...]
A while back I wrote a post about research that found that creativity is enhanced by having a couple of drinks (but not more). A new study shows that light consumption of alcohol can also help memory--at least for older...
For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative […]
I am a record of things I was born with.These scars are my documentation of the mistakes I've made in trying to overcome them.I am both the things I've done to myself and the things done to me.Along these nerve endings, you will find a history of me.
Find out what book goes best with your favorite caffeinated beverage. Column by Christine J. Schmidt You have the day off, and you decide to spend it participating in one of the most luxurious activities imaginable: reading a book at a café while enjoying a cup of coffee. Show More Summary
If you had to guess, what portion of the hundred-thousand-mile journey to basic fiction-writing competence would belong to the pursuit and mastery of micro-tension? Ten percent? Thirty? I personally don’t have a clue, yet I’ve been persuaded of its necessity since first being introduced to the concept by WU’s Donald Maass. Show More Summary