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Friday Finds for Writers

The weekly collection of writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • First up: “Three Stories Unlikely to Make it Beyond the Slush”–at least at Indiana Review.
  • Next: I’m hoping to set aside some time soon to dig into The Open Notebook’s Pitch Database. It looks like a great way to see how other nonfiction writers–specifically, science writers–have successfully pitched features to major magazines and newspapers. (A tip of the hat to the member of the Upod group who shared this resource with the rest of us in response to another list member’s question.)
  • Let’s continue with some thoughts about poetry and our contemporary “mass-submission culture.”
  • And speaking of poetry: What are some of your favorite opening lines?
  • Among the highlights of the current issue of WOW! Women on Writing (which has a “Freelance Writing” theme) is this Q&A with Carol Tice, of “Make a Living Writing” fame.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. As you read this, I’m already enjoying a mini-vacation in New England. See you back here on Monday.

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    1. “He disappeared in the dead of winter:” – W.H. Auden, “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”

      “Tamed by Miltown, we lie on Mother’s bed;” – Robert Lowell, “Man and Wife”

      “They are waiting for me somewhere beyond Eden Rock:” – Charles Causley, “Eden Rock”

      “The trees are in their autumn beauty,” – W. B. Yeats, “The Wild Swans at Coole”

      “Sloth’s Best. Lolling on a sofa” – Charles Simic, “The Secret of the Yellow Room”

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