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The 8 Perks of Writing a Column

Editors are always looking for knowledgeable, entertaining, dependable freelance columnists to fill their ever-recurring white space. Become one and enjoy these potential perks. The post The 8 Perks of Writing a Column appeared first on

Breaking Funny

5 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

We’re so pleased Ann Garvin has stopped by Writer Unboxed today! Ann is the co-founder of The Fifth Semester, ‘where writers are mentored from inspiration to publication.’ She is the author of the forthcoming book I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU’RE NOT AROUND and the founder of Tall Poppy Writers. You can learn more about […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 255: New and Old Hollywood — Transcript

20 hours agoArts / Writing :

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. And this is Episode 255 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is out sick today. But lucky for us we already had a guest lined up. This […]

Why We Write: The Third Thing

My nephew turned twenty-one last night, so I did the avuncular thing and took him out for his first legal beer. The talk turned, over beers, as talk will turn over beers, to “the meaning of life and the isness of it all.” He asked me why I write, and, in true Socratic fashion I […]

How I Got My Literary Agent: Parker Peevyhouse

Parker Peevyhouse, author of WHERE FUTURES END (Feb. 2016, Kathy Dawson Books), shares the steps she took to obtaining representation. The post How I Got My Literary Agent: Parker Peevyhouse appeared first on

How to DIY Your MFA

This is a guest post by Gabriela Pereira—author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd—whose new book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community shows you how to recreate the Master of Fine Arts experience without going back to school. Show More Summary

Chocolate, Radishes, and Willpower

Is willpower something you just have or don't have, or it is something that we have in a certain quantity that diminishes over the course of a day, as we use it? Today I read an account of a study...

What A $5 Book Cover Looks Like

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Thinking about self publishing? Thinking about spending 5 bucks to get a cover made? Read this first. Column by Peter Derk Self-publishing isn't the scarlet letter it once was. Okay, there's still some stigma. But I'll admit, some of that stigma is earned by people like me who crank out some weird, stupid garbage and slap it onto the Kindle store. Show More Summary

At Asymptote, Three Reviews of New Books of Poetry in Translation

Asymptote brings us the latest titles in translation for June in a collection of short reviews. “What’s New in Translation?” includes Hyesoon’s Poor Love Machine (see our post on the Hyesoon folio here); and two other books, The Clouds by Juan José Saer, translated by Hillary Vaughn Dobel, Open Letter Books; and Algaravias: Echo Chamber […]

Action Books Curates Folio of Essays in Response to Poetry of Kim Hyesoon

At the Asian American Writers’ Workshop blog The Margins, Action Books’s Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson have collected essays by several writers on Kim Hyesoon’s poetry in Don Mee Choi’s English translation. Here, they may find “a radical looking glass which reorients the world and recasts it in its true black light, a light opposite […]

10 Mistakes (Almost) Every Rookie Writer Makes — Part Two

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Or, Stuff That Makes You Look Wet Behind the Ears, Part Two: The Craft Edition. Column by Susan DeFreitas You've taken classes and workshops. You've worked and reworked your fiction, revising from feedback, honing your craft. And now,...Show More Summary

Surprise on the Doorstep

The doorbell rings. You check the alarm clock and notice it’s way too early for someone to be visiting. You crawl out of the warm bed and scuffle across the house to the front door. You crack it open and no one is there. Upon opening the door, you notice an unmarked package on the step. Show More Summary

Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Survivor’ Receives TV Treatment

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Fingers crossed that this will be good, guys. News by Raine Winters Author Chuck Palahniuk is a powerhouse built of bestsellers, many of which have the potential to become box office hits. Maybe that’s why Jim Uhls (screenwriter of Fight...Show More Summary

Edmonton’s New Youth Poet Laureate is Nasra Adem!

The founder of Sister 2 Sister “a monthly showcase of women artists of colour,” Nasra Adem’s new role as Youth Poet Laureate means that she must write at least two original poems during the two year term. She is Edmonton’s second Youth Poet Laureate. More via Huffington Post Alberta: Poet Nasra Adem says Edmonton didn’t […]

Beware tired old horses--red flags on first pages

Since we have no work to flog today, it’s a good time for a cautionary post about what is—and is not—contained in your first page. When a potential reader is browsing your first page in a bookstore or on a...

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

Submissions needed, none in the queue. 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...

Feel Space: Poets 4 Orlando

All the way from Myrtle Broadway to Broadway Lafayette to 72nd Street and from Strawberry Fields to Sheep’s Meadow, I hoped I’d run into anyone looking like me who might be headed to Poets 4 Orlando, a reading and gathering held in vigil for the victims of the shooting at Pulse. Two days earlier, Brenda […]

How Harlan Ellison's 'Watching' Predicted Film Twitter, or Why Film Criticism Will Save the World

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

In which the author channels Harlan Ellison's film criticism, collected in 1989's 'Watching', to explain why critics are actually modern shamans teaching secret messages of empathy. Column by Bart Bishop Known for novels, short stories and screenplays, Harlan Ellison also worked as a film critic. Show More Summary

Natalia Cecire on Poetry and (Gendered) Work

Worth checking out at Jacket2 is Natalia Cecire’s newest commentary, “Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” Cecire, a lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Sussex, considers poetry’s relationship to work, thinking through recent dialogue from/on Ben Lerner and Joshua Clover. Further: “But we know all too well that this […]

Celebrate the Arts Where You Live

A few weeks ago, I was part of a team who launched a brand new festival in the town I live in. If you are a writer or supporter of the arts, too often we feel that we work in isolation. That those around us won’t understand the drive to create. That you have no […]

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