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Friday Finds for Writers

For the weekend: some writing-related reflections, news, and resources to enjoy.

  • Longtime readers know how much I admire author and teacher Sands Hall. On her way to teach at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival the other day, Sands noticed something special happening at the Cedar Rapids airport. And she wrote about it, in her own gorgeous way.
  • Next up: a beautiful essay by Lila Azam Zanganeh on Dmitri Nabokov, “his father’s best translator.”
  • Courtesy of The Rumpus: Found poetry, inspired by rejection letters!
  • You don’t need to be an AP staffer to pick up a tip or two from these “Social Media Guidelines for AP Employees.” (I find the “Retweeting” section especially worth thinking about.)
  • Finally, I’m sad to share the news that The Writer, where I’ve had the privilege of serving as a contributing editor, will be going on hiatus after the October 2012 issue. I’ll have more to say about this another time.
  • Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday.

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    1. Erika,
      I too am so saddened to hear the news about The Writer. I hope it finds a way to rebound and survive. I think it still serves a great role in the writing world, despite the abundance of free info. available about writing.
      I also enjoyed writing for it, too!
      Linda

    2. Erika,
      My stomach dropped about two feet when I read your notice about The Writer–my favorite writing magazine. It’s like losing a close friend.

      Now I’m wondering how much longer Writer’s Digest and Poets & Writers will be around.
      Mike

    3. Linda & Mike:

      Yes, it’s very sad news. It’s a great magazine w/a wonderful team. Hopefully, as Linda says, it might still find a buyer and live on in another incarnation.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

    4. Hi, again, Erika,

      I read Sands’ story. You’re right. She told the story “in her own gorgeous way.” It’s beautiful writing that was a pleasure to read. I liked it so much, I tweeted it to my followers. Thanks for providing the link.

      • Mike, thanks so much! I hope that your followers will enjoy it, too. By the way, we can’t all have the good fortune to study with Sands in Iowa City, but she has published a terrific bok, TOOLS OF THE WRITER’S CRAFT, that I recommend heartily. An archived Q&A can be found here.

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