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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • Struggling to find your “voice” as a writer? Maybe you have more voices than you’ve realized. Thought-provoking essay by Pico Iyer.
  • Lots to think about in Kevin Young’s Virginia Quarterly Review essay “Blood Nation: Half-Breeds, Maids, Porterhouses, and the Fake Memoir.” But these may be my favorite lines: “My definition of creative non-fiction is simple. It is a radically subjective account of events that objectively took place. The moment you start making up events that you know did not take place, you’re doing another sort of work. It’s called fiction.”
  • Celeste Ng writes about the deeper value of Twitter for writers.
  • On the Ploughshares blog, Roxane Gay describes her teaching practice.
  • Choice quotations from Cynthia Ozick, to mark the author’s 85th birthday this week. (h/t @dg_myers)
  • Everyone, have a good, safe, restorative weekend. See you back here on Monday.

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    1. The piece by Kevin Young is just outstanding. It’s not just a thorough and intelligent discussion of the subject, but fabulous writing (I LOVE the sentence: “…we are too busy being shocked and awed—or schlocked and aww-ed.”). Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    2. Thanks for these finds, Erika. As always, a real treasure!

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