Authors

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>GREAT HONORS ARE flowing to Ursula K. Le Guin. Last year, the Library of America began a publishing program devoted to her work, a rare achievement</i> …

Books

Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

The first day of Kit Reed’s advanced fiction class, sitting in the yellow Victorian house I would come to know simply as “Lawn Avenue,” was my first time for so many things. I had never been taught by a professor in her own home, for example, and I remember I couldn’t stop looking at it all. I had …

Writing

The Reformatory

Nov 16, 2017<p>26 Min read time<p>After the slave trade and colonization, history has become a dystopia.<p><i>Editor's Note: In this podcast, the award-winning</i> …

Writing

Liz Phair Is Writing a Memoir

It’s been seven years since Liz Phair released an album (the unfortunate <i>Funstyle</i>, which would get blown to pieces these days for cultural …

Liz Phair

How to Write a Children's Book

If books are magic, then children’s books are an extra special brand of magic. The books we read as kids don’t just stick with us, they form who we …

Publishing

We Want You to Write a Book

Writing a book is challenging—some might even say terrifying. But it’s also wonderful, exciting, and gut-wrenchingly satisfying. Like the work we do …

Books

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You're Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

[Call for Entries: The Short Short Story Competition]<p><b>It’s officially the middle of NaNoWriMo, which means that if you’re on pace, you’re in the</b> …

Writing

Andy Weir: By the Book

<i>The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”</i><p><b>What books are on your nightstand?</b><p>An advance proof of “Rocket Men” by Robert Kurson, about the Apollo 8 mission.<p><b>Who is your favorite novelist of</b> …

Books

Find What Gave You Emotion

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Writing

Encourage Letter Writing With These Ideas!

01 of 05<p>Ways to Encourage Writing<p>These days kids are so wrapped up in this digital world, that letter writing is becoming a lost art. Writing is very …

Writing

Flog a Pro: would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller?

Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted …

Publishing

Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style | Susan Orlean

Start watching Susan Orlean's class on Skillshare.<p>Join Susan on Skillshare and get 2 months of Premium Membership.<p>Unlock unlimited access to this …

Writing

Creative Writing with Emoji Prompts

What kid does not love emojis? I came across this website byrdseed.com/emojis and thought this would be a great lesson for my students. I feel …

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NEA Fellowships to Support Creative Writers and Literary Translators Total $1.2 Million | NEA

<i>Washington, DC</i>—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has an extensive history of supporting literature in America, providing funding for the …

Literature

Catherine Pearlman: “Ignore It!” author — On the long, winding, ultimately fruitful process of landing a first book deal; on finding an agent; on writing a 70-page proposal; on the pleasure/pain of publishing

Writing

Art Talk with NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Gail Lambert | NEA

“My job as a writer is to offer at least some small part of what saved me to others.” — Sandra Gail Lambert<p>Though Sandra Gail Lambert didn't start …

Writing

When Time Stops: James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks

In 1949, James Thurber was nearly completely blind, and behind schedule on a book. He headed to Bermuda, in hopes that the change of scenery would …

Writing

11 books to read for National Novel Writing Month

Congratulations, writers! You’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is not for the faint of heart, and we applaud you. While …

Writing

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Writing

The Case Against Adjectives

When I lead a workshop, I often say on the first day “I hate adjectives.” I see the participants’ eyes widen in fear, shock, or contemplation. Let me …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

I Will Never Apologize For Writing Romance

Never. Ever.<p><i>“Chains and whips aren’t really my thing.”</i><p><i>“I only read about complex characters.”</i><p><i>“Ew.”</i><p>These are some of the comments I’ve heard over the years when asked what types of books I write.<p>For some, the word “romance” in reference to literature conjures up all sorts of stereotypical ideas and …

Writing

Maps for Storytelling: An Interview with John Freeman

<i>John Freeman, founder of the literary journal</i> Freeman’s<i>, discusses finding, reading, and editing literature from around the world, as well as the</i> …

Writing

Lesley Nneka Arimah on Writing and Self-Care for Creatives

<i>By Tyler Calder</i><p><i>Lesley Nneka Arimah’s premiere collection of short stories, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, will make you remember what</i> …

Writing

Rejected Writers Find Acceptance in Wild Detectives' New Reading Series

They spent long periods of time tapping away at a keyboard in isolation and were ballsy enough to tell someone, perhaps a less-than-flattering editor …

Writing

One Story - Stories [ Issue #234 ]

SUPPORT<p>MY ACCOUNT<p>The Crazies<p>by Maud Streep<p>Issue #234 • November 14, 2017<p>Edited by Will Allison<p>Excerpt<p>I met Jake working at a ghost town in western …

Writing

David Chariandy wins 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust prize

The Toronto-born writer takes home one of Canada’s biggest literary prizes<p>Tuesday evening David Chariandy was awarded the $50,000 2017 Rogers Writers …

Literature

Brian Doyle: Catching stories that change lives

Book Review: "I have children and a fascinating graceful mysterious wife, and sometimes we are like five fingers in a hand," Doyle wrote. "And …

Catholicism

Wishing I Were John McPhee

John McPhee is supposed to be a hard guy to interview.He has been called “a deeply private writer” by the <i>New York Times</i>. Howard Berkes of NPR once …

Writing

November Writing Advice!

Tips from the Masters Zadie Smith: 10 Good Writing Habits<p>Zadie Smith rocked the literary world in her late twenties with her novel <i>White Teeth</i>, a look …

Writing

Fight Club Author Chuck Palahniuk Has the Best Clive Barker Story

Legendary writer Chuck Palahniuk is known for works like <i>Fight Club</i>, <i>Choke</i>, and <i>Invisible Monsters</i>. But his latest long-form fiction is perhaps one of …

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