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Katy Bohinc Lets Poets & Celebs Elucidate ‘The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious’

At Tender Buttons, poet Katy Bohinc (well-known for her book Dear Alain, of course, and its subsequent actual interlocution with philosopher Alain Badiou) has posted her paper, “The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious,” originally presented as a talk for the “Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult” conference in London, March 2016. “Since my earliest studies […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 268: (Sometimes) You Need a Montage — 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 268 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we will be looking at […]

Teen Writers Come of Age

Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today. The post Teen Writers Come of Age appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Writing Authentic Settings And Keeping A Series Fresh With Toby Neal

The best way to earn money as an indie fiction author is with a series, but how do you keep that series fresh over the long term? I discuss this topic and the importance of setting with Hawaii-based author, Toby Neal in today’s show. In the introduction, I mention that Sainsburys in the UK has […]

Party Like It’s 1898!

The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it with The Poetry Center.  Wheeling my roller bag into the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, I greeted my fellow Kuwentuhan poets with the news of […]

The Sources With & Against Which Ari Banias Wrote Anybody

In Bookmarked, a column at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Ari Banias “shares the works of literature, dance, and film that were influential or significant to his book of poetry, Anybody” (Norton, 2016). The works are great: Faye Driscoll, Abbas Kiarostami, Fred Moten, Pina Bausch, more, wow! Part of it: Café Müeller – Pina […]

(Sometimes) You Need a Montage

John and Craig come to the defense of montages in screenwriting, giving examples of how and when the much-maligned device can be employed to benefit the story.

It’s Hard to Own What You Believe

This column is 11 days late. It should have gone up almost two weeks ago, on my normal date: the second Thursday of the month. But by that Tuesday, although I’d spent days on it and written thousands of words, nothing worked. I went in circles, I dove down rabbit holes, everything I wrote was […]

How To Use PR To Authentically Market Your Book With Janet Murray

PR can be great for building your author brand and there are ways to get PR without spending money … IF you can tell a good enough story. In today’s show, Janet Murray explains how. In the (extended) introduction, I mention that Kickstarter now counts as one of the big 5 publishers in terms of […]

Confessions of an Intrepid Mermaid

We’re very happy to welcome Tonia Marie Harris as our guest today. Tonia resides in south-central Illinois with her husband, three children, and three rescue animals. In addition to writing novels, poetry and essays, she is President of WME Community Works, a non-profit organization that spearheaded the recent development of a grassroots library that serves […]

The Machinations of Translation

“Something that would definitively wipe out memory, maybe.” Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016), “Machi-nation,” as translated by Kristin Dykstra I had been planning a post about recent Latin American poetry in translation, when I heard the awful news Wednesday morning about the passing of Cuban poet Juan Carlos Flores. I had wanted to write in detail […]

My Writing Process, Book Marketing Tips And More. Facebook Live Replay Sept 2016

As ever, it was super fun to answer your questions live on Facebook video! I’m a little flustered at the beginning as I started to record on my personal page and then wondered why my family were watching, so I had to restart on my Creative Penn page. Minor panic! (which is why I don’t […]

The Power of Myth in Fiction

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

After the recent death of Gene Wilder, I heard several moving tributes and interviews from the early 2000s. But it was Wilder’s words about his childhood that struck me: after his mother had a heart attack, the heart specialist took eight-year-old Wilder gently by the arm and said, “Don’t ever get angry with your mother. […]

Diasporican Poets Mixtape: Side Two

In my last post, I commented on five poems by diasporic Puerto Rican poets published in 2015. Here, for side two of my mixtape, I will comment on some Diasporican poems published during the first eight months of 2016.  Thank you for sticking with this overextended remix! 06. Martín Espada, “El Moriviví.” In Vivas to […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 266: Stranger Things and Other Things — Transcript

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 266 of Scriptnotes. A podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we will be looking at […]

Diasporican Poets Mixtape: Side One

It’s been a challenging twenty months for Puerto Rico. Against the backdrop of an ongoing economic and political crisis and the PROMESA bill’s imposition of a financial control board or “junta,” many Puerto Ricans are joining an increasingly remapped diaspora, while many on and off the island are also protesting the U.S.’s at once neoliberal […]

Lessons Learned From 5 Years As An Author Entrepreneur

Five years ago, in September 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. Every year since, I have posted a round-up of my lessons learned and things have definitely changed along the way! It’s interesting how the challenges are different at each level and of course, the goals keep moving as […]

Writing Fiction As A Non-Fiction Writer Plus How To Launch Your Book With Tim Grahl

Writing fiction as a non-fiction writer can be a steep learning curve. Tim Grahl and I discuss this today as well as tips for launching your book. In the introduction, I mention BookFunnel’s new giveaway feature, the Arthur C Clarke award opening up to indie authors. Plus, the launch of my new course, How to […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 265: Sheep Crossing Roads — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 265 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are going to be […]

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