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Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer Shares How He Wrote An Award-Winning Novel

The author of Less reveals his secret: "The nervous breakdown happened before I wrote the book, which made the writing much easier"<p>With his tremendous fifth novel, Andrew Sean Greer has landed the big fish. Last week, Greer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for <i>Less</i>, an unforgettable comic …

Books

If you’re waiting for a new take on ‘Waiting for Godot,’ you’ll wait some more.

An unfortunate aftereffect of the strictures enforced by Samuel Beckett during his lifetime, and now by his estate, on productions of “Waiting for Godot” is that every version seems more or less the same. Some are drier, some funnier, some richer in personality, but multiple sittings through the …

Ireland

34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees

There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in May, some with substantial prizes.As always, these contests cover every genre, form and style, …

Creative Writing

A defense of adverbs

Adverbs aren’t very popular these days.<p>We all know how Stephen King regards and Mark Twain regarded them. English teachers, writing coaches, and …

Creative Writing

Let's silence the creative writing course snobs

These days, it is normal for authors to go to writing workshops – or teach them. So why does the idea they produce derivative writers persist?<p>What makes a writer? How do you become one? When I was younger, even asking those questions seemed to disqualify me: a writer isn’t something one becomes, I …

Creative Writing

How to read poetry like a professor

Thomas Foster, an ex-literature professor and author, explains how to get the most out of poems while avoiding intimidation<p>Since retiring from his professorship at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he taught literature and writing for nearly 30 years, Thomas Foster has made a fruitful career …

Literature

The messy, brilliant life of Pablo Neruda

Few poets offer their biographers as rich a vein of material as the Chilean Nobel Prize-winner Pablo Neruda . Born in Parral, Chile, in 1904, Neruda transcended his modest origins and provincial upbringing to achieve success and significance far beyond the dreams of most writers . Books like …

Literature

What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

My book made it to No. 1 on Amazon's self-help, new releases. Here's how you can find similar success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book. It was the story of how a single dad of five led his kids, his …

Writing

How to turn your idea into a full-fledged novel

Salon Marketplace<p>April 16, 2018 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Do you keep a little notebook by your bed for those moments you have a brilliant idea for a short story? Or maybe you've been toying with writing a novel for years? This Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners course helps you develop the skills you …

Creative Writing

I Took Notes on Every Chapter of a Stephen King Novel

Here’s what I found.I’m a fiction writer, and like many fiction writers out there I am always trying to refine my craft. One of my favorite authors …

Writing

Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?

In his new book, “To Change the Church,” the Times columnist Ross Douthat critiques the Pontiff.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>For the better part of the past two years, Catholics around the world have been fighting over a footnote. …

Christianity
Literature

This Common Mistake Is Sabotaging Your Memory

Stop trying to cram so much stuff into your short-term memory, which isn’t built for long-term storage.<p>How many times a day do you run through your mental to-do list and convince yourself there’s <i>no way</i> you’ll forget that important presentation that’s due next Thursday, or that great idea for a new …

Productivity

These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Public Speaking

Two women are reviving India’s forgotten poetry, one postcard at a time

In 1930, Salim Ali, an ornithologist with the soul of a poet, took a walk in a woods in Maharashtra on a Sunday morning and was overwhelmed by this “other world within our world”. He wrote an essay about the natural world and how the birds, animals and trees live harmoniously in the …

Literature
Books

Colm Tóibín: ‘There's a certain amount of glee at the sheer foolishness of Brexit’

The author talks about his Enniscorthy childhood, the inspiration behind Brooklyn – and why Boris Johnson is right about the Irish border<p>The last thing Colm Tóibín does every night in New York before turning in is read the Irish Times: “There’s really nothing I don’t know about what’s going on in …

Literature

If You Could Only Read One Author for the Rest of Your Life, Who Would it Be?

This post comes to you from a Tumblr post which raised the question of most bookworms’ nightmares: whom would you choose if you could only read one …

Books

How the Year's Most Beautiful Book Was Written

Alan Hollinghurst doesn’t write quickly. In 30 years, the British author has penned just six novels, however this relatively small collection of …

Philip Roth, prolific author and Trump opponent, at 85

Philip Roth made a name for himself with novels like "The Plot Against America," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," but decided to end it …

13 Facts About Famous Authors That Will Make You See Them Differently

I don't know what to believe anymore.

Literature
Books

Brief encounters: what are the best short novels?

It won’t take much longer to read You Were Never Really Here than watch the new film – so it’s a good moment to celebrate the lasting joys of brevity<p>As Nabokov said, “a good reader is a re-reader”. But how many times have you read In Search of Lost Time? Exactly. Sure, those big novels have a …

Literature

Even in exile, Harvey Weinstein maintains an upscale lifestyle. But his expenses are adding up

To visitors of this upscale Phoenix suburb, one of the main attractions is the Praying Monk, the natural rock formation in the shadow of Camelback Mountain that resembles a holy man kneeling in contemplative repose.<p>In recent months, however, another man has come to the area in search of his own …

Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?<p>By Andrew Dickson<p>In February 2009, a Twitter user called @popelizbet issued an apparently historic challenge to …

Linguistics

Spring Reading List: 45 Books to Read Before They Become Movies

Spring is set to thaw us out pretty soon, but while you shiver by the fire, why not grab a book? We have a list of the hottest things to read before they'll next be adapted for the big screen. There are the movies coming out soon you maybe didn't know were based on books, like <b>Red Sparrow</b>, plus the …

Books

Albert Camus’s Stirring Letter To His Inspirational Teacher After Winning The Nobel Prize

Albert Camus (November 7, 1913–January 4, 1960) never forgot Louis Germaine, the teacher who saw potential in the child raised in destitution by his …

Literature

Florida Student Emma Gonzalez Delivered a Chilling Speech About Gun Control

America was rocked by yet another mass shooting tragedy last week when a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida and …

Parkland Student Emma Gonzalez Delivered a Chilling, Powerful Speech About Gun Control

Everyone should read this.<p>America was rocked by yet another mass shooting last week when a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida and killed 17 people. Today, Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school, spoke at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale and her rousing …