In a poetry workshop at the Culver City Senior Center, Janet Hoult is teaching resident writers about expression and compassion, by engaging her students with the writing process. Although Hoult’s poetry workshops haven’t been scientifically proven to keep residents healthy, they are elevating morale. Hoult’s oldest student, Ruth Berman, is 91. NPR’s Ina Jaffe explains […]
In this column we explore the wonderful world of audiobooks and hope we can persuade you to, too. Column by Michael David Wilson I’ve listened to audiobooks most of my life. When I was younger I used to listen to audio cassettes before bed and on long car journeys. Show More Summary
New and established authors alike struggle with how to best market and publicize their books. In my interview with publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie, we discuss how to do just that. The post How to Get the Most Marketing and Publicity Bang for Your Buck appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
At The New Yorker, Beenish Ahmed meditates on two books, one academic and one in verse, to fathom the plight of Chinese immigrants upon entry to the United States in the late 19th century. On the walls of Angel Island Detention Center, Chinese men wrote poems of peril. (A fire in the separate women’s house […]
The Bookseller reports that UK ebook authors will soon be earning more money: "Authors will be paid from a government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries. The catalyst for the change stems from...
Today I want to talk about how having clear boundaries can HELP you gain momentum in three key areas: Your writing and creative work Publishing and sharing Engaging an audience Boundaries are a gift to your creative work. Embrace your boundaries. Let’s dig in… Why Boundaries Help I’m sure you have very real boundaries. You […]
This week’s poetry spotlight shines on a super fun week of poetry that happens in the heart of Texas each year: the Austin International Poetry Festival, or AIPF. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way....Show More Summary
Fiction is stranger than truth in these fabricated cinematic histories. Column by Joshua Chaplinsky I love books. I love film. I love books about film. The behind-the-scenes anecdotes, minutiae about production—I find it all fascinating. Show More Summary
There will be no joy in missing out on this one! Over at Lambda Literary, Michael Valinsky talks to Ana Boži?evi? about her latest collection of verses, The Joy of Missing Out (Birds LLC). The conversation begins by looking at the space The Joy of Missing Out inhabits. From the top: In the past you’ve […]
Literary Hub’s Emily Temple brings to readers’ attention a few highly unusual residencies that will catch even the most sophisticated residency-seeker off-guard. Of course, we all know about the Amtrak Residency, which has been covered rather extensively in these pages before. But do you know about the Outlandia Workspace in Scotland? Or the Jan Michalski […]
You might have your OTP, but we have couples who should just call it quits. Column by Riki Cleveland Every reader has their OTP (One True Pairing, in case you’re not down with the slang) in literature. You know, the couple that you swoon for, that you wished and hoped and prayed would get together as you read. Show More Summary
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read poems at Emory’s Schwartz Center on February 19, and in speaking to the university’s Emory Wheel about the event, decried Trump’s wall and plans for mass deportation. He condemned the “border machine,” the institutions that enforce the U.S.-Mexican border such as detention centers, border patrol, police and the […]
Jackie Wang did us all a favor and posted part of the chapter “Poetic Act” from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book Psychomagic. “Jodorowsky’s poetic youth is also the subject of his new film ‘Endless Poetry,’” notes Wang. In this excerpt, the acclaimed artist, writer, poet, filmmaker and “atheistic mystic” talks to Gilles Farcet about living poetically and […]
Loretta Ellsworth shares her story of finding an agent to represent her historical fiction—including rejection by more than 200 literary agents. The post How to Overcome Rejection by 200 Literary Agents (& Still Land a Book Deal) appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
It's time to go full curmudgeon. Column by Peter Derk I got my first Kindle about a year ago, and although I spend a good chunk of my work days troubleshooting eReaders and eReading apps, this last year has provided a true, intimate experience with an eReader. The honeymoon is over. Show More Summary
The Executive Director of CLMP and SPD, Jeffrey Lependorf, walks Literary Hub readers through Lyndon B. Johnson’s original 1965 legislation, leading to the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. At the ceremony, which took place on a sunny day in late September, President Johnson “handed Agnes DeMille and Ansel Adams the pens used […]
The book market is shifting again as it has quite often in the last five years. Let’s face it. It’s desperately trying to keep up with our fast-paced world. How we discover books, how we purchase them, and how we read them have changed completely. All of that change is difficult for an industry that’s […]
One of the common questions from new writers is, “How do I stop people pirating my work?” Many of them are even concerned about sending a manuscript to an editor, just in case it ends up on Amazon as a bestselling book under another name. But authors should be more concerned about obscurity than about […]
What do short fiction editors really look for? What's the secret to great flash fiction? Are anthologies the most overlooked markets around? The answers may just jump-start your career. The post 4 Short Lessons on the Subject of Short Stories appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Kyla Marshell of the Cave Canem Foundation interviews poet Cameron Awkward-Rich for the PEN Ten. “He is a teller of ghost stories—but of course, they’re not the stories of goblins or ghouls; they’re the stories of people, bodies, identities that change, in our memories and before our eyes,” writes Marshell. From their conversation: Obsessions are […]