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Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and […]

2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary Talks About Her Writing Process

At the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary answers some questions about motivation and practice! On video! Watch it below. Questions of Practice: Jenn McCreary on Finding Form from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on Vimeo.

Scriptnotes, Ep 176: Advice to a First-Time Director — Transcript

2 months 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 176 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show we will be talking about […]

Advice to a First-Time Director

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig offer advice to a director taking the plunge, with guidance on both getting the work done and getting the performances you want. From there, we segue into a discussion of the Perfect Director, the next installment of our Perfect series.

Jane Freilicher, 1924-2014

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jane Freilicher, a rare artist whose intelligence, wit, and gift for friendship will be sorely missed. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite images of Jane below, as well as one of my favorite paintings from our exhibit of her work earlier this year: Parts [...]

Scriptnotes, Ep 172: Franz Kafka’s brother, and the perfect agent — Transcript

3 months 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 172 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show we’re going to be talking […]

Mapping and scribbling

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

As part of their Creative Spark series, The Academy shot a video with me talking about my creative process.

Black Lives Matter: A Roundup of Worthy Reads

In the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury non-indictment, this poetry-news day is a slow one. Or is it? Some links we feel might be worth a moment of your time: 1. Audre Lorde’s “Power.” 2. From the blog of our own Don Share: an Open Letter to White Poets From Danez Smith. I [...]

Franz Kafka’s brother, and the perfect agent

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk about why writers are often reluctant to show their work, and how film journalists love to focus on the director — even when there’s no director in sight.

Scriptnotes, Ep 170: Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings — Transcript

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. Before we start the show today, I want to let you know about the live show happening on December 11th in Hollywood. It’s Scriptnotes with me and Craig and Aline and special guests Jane Espenson, Derek Haas and B.J. […]

Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, […]

Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot […]

From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

4 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. I like to think of this as the “Robin prompt” from the old Adam WestShow More Summary

Re-Reading & Re-Viewing Joseph Mosconi

Over at The Volta: a graphic (no really!) review from J. Fossenbell of Joseph Mosconi’s Demon Miso/Fashion in Child (Make Now Books, 2014), the book-length poem that also serves as a “game of Mad Libs meets connotative bumper cars.” The review is more than mere playful; it also delves into a conversation Mosconi has had [...]

The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and […]

Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings

4 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in?

5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) Is Meant to Be Shared

When I compiled the roundup of reader-submitted tips, stories and advice for our “Plan Your Own Write-a-Thon” feature in the November/December 2014 Writer’s Digest, one of my favorites was from a mother who was inspired to try NaNoWriMo because her daughter was doing it. Show More Summary

In praise of flat adverbs

4 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

It's not simply a matter of do-what-you-want. These words really are adverbs, they just look like their related adjective forms.

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