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Young Poets Bare All: What Is a Culture?

Don’t swear so much. Aren’t we decorous? What Is a culture? It’s an enormous detailed lie lived in, wrought beliefs, A loving fabrication. What’s good about it? Nothing. It keeps you going, but institutionalizes inequality, killing, and forced worship of questionable deities … –Alice Notley, Culture of One As an educator, I’d be remiss if […]

A Response from the Writers of ‘What Is Literary Activism?’

[Editor’s Note: This post was written as a response to a letter originally posted on August 21st, responding to “What is Literary Activism?“] Dear Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim Kreiner, Joshua Clover, Chris Chen, and Jasper Bernes, First, we are not “Harriet.” We are a group of individuals, who decentered the idea of one authoritarian […]

Soundtracks For Books: How One Author Is Using Booktrack For Her Novels

I live in central London and every time I travel on the Tube, I see people reading … with headphones plugged in. They are listening to music at the same time as reading.  My husband does it at home as well, usually to block out the sound of my interviews for the podcast. Ambient noise […]

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2)

[Editor’s Note: Part 1 of “Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets” can be found here.] On Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer was my poetry mentor, great friend and goddess. Here is an anecdote that says everything about her: an admirer wrote her a letter, but did not have her current address, so simply wrote […]

Heather McHugh’s MacArthur Went to Care for Caregivers

Wow: In 2009, poet Heather McHugh was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, reports The Daily Kos, “and had no idea what to do with the money.” Upon recognizing that “people who are full-time caregivers truly need a break,” McHugh created a grant-service organization called Caregifted, which offers getaways for those who care for the […]

What Is Literary Activism?

This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing “literary activism”? How to define if this is a thing and not simply a medium used on behalf of […]

How To Build Your Own Self-Hosted Author Website In Under 30 Minutes

Your website is one of the most important things to get sorted if you’re taking your career as an author seriously. It’s your home on the internet and the hub for your books. It’s how readers, agents, publishers, journalists, bloggers and podcasters judge how professional you are. It’s where you can start to build an […]

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 318

I got out of bed early this morning to try and catch some of the Perseid meteor shower, but my eyes were (and still are) too sleepy to view anything. And then, I couldn’t get back to sleep–so here we are. Today’s prompt is to write a tired poem. Show More Summary

VICE Writers Move To Unionize

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It's the summer of digital media unionization, and VICE has joined the party. News by Peter Derk Writers at VICE have voted to join Writer's Guild of America East, "a labor union of thousands of professionals who are the primary creators...Show More Summary

Discipline And Practice In Writing And Swordfighting With Guy Windsor

Sometimes I just have to interview people I think are super cool and today I talk about swordfighting with Guy Windsor I haven’t yet included a swordfighting scene into my modern day thrillers, but it might have to happen, because this was a lot of fun We also talk about how the discipline and practice […]

Redressing the Emperor: Why Poets Matter

They say you can be a bad person and still make a great thing. They say you can use poetry cynically for your own selfish gain in the name of free speech. But what they don’t say so often, because there are shaming mechanisms in place, is that this Western inclination towards abstracting one’s speech […]

Productivity And Working Smarter, Confidence For Writers And Breaking The Rules With Chandler Bolt

I love meeting people who challenge me by what they accomplish and how they work. Chandler Bolt has inspired me with his focused and ‘work smarter’ approach and today I interview him about how he does it. Here come the productivity tips! In the intro, I talk about the launch of Deviance and the Desecration […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 208: How descriptive audio works — Transcript

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The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So today’s episode has some explicit language. So if you’re traveling in a car with children, you may not want to listen to this episode in the car where your kids could hear it. Thanks. Hello and welcome. My […]

How descriptive audio works

John and Craig take a deep look at how descriptive audio for the blind works, with clips from Daredevil and an interview with a woman who does it for a living. It’s a fascinating form of writing, with many of the same challenges screenwriters face.

Genre, Story Tips And Getting A Film Deal With Charles Harris

It’s always good to learn from industry professionals outside our direct area of writing. Today I discuss genre, loglines and getting a film deal with Charles Harris. In the intro, I mention some VERY exciting news! I’ve just hired my husband out of his corporate job to join the business and that gives me more […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 207: Why movies have reshoots — 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 207 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig and I were both in New York last […]

Why movies have reshoots

Reshoots used to be a sign that something had gone horribly wrong. But not anymore. John and Craig look at the reasons why Hollywood movies often go back for additional photography, and how the writer is involved.

Watch Your Mouth: IBM's Watson Analyzes Tone

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IBM's Watson can tell you're being a jerk. News by Peter Derk IBM's Watson has moved on from its game show days, and now it's ready to proofread your emails. Not for comma splices and misspellings. For tone. IBM's Tone Analyzer lets you paste in a block of text, click a button and see just how aggressive you might be coming off. Show More Summary

Digital, Mobile, Global, Indie? The Future Of Publishing With Thad McIlroy

Regular listeners will know that I am a (not so closet) futurist. Today I get to indulge my passion with Future of Publishing author, publishing consultant and speaker, Thad McIlroy. Yes, we both get super excited about mobile, digital, global sales and the creative disruption of indies! In the intro, I round up my time […]

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