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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Aciman & McCann on Teaching Writing

Last week I finished the day at my office job and headed south several blocks to the CUNY Graduate Center to sit in on a lively conversation on “Art & Craft: Teaching Writing.”

The event was billed as follows: “Next in the series of Chancellor’s Conversations, highlighting the work of CUNY faculty, Interim Chancellor Bill Kelly speaks with two of contemporary literature’s most distinctive stylists. André Aciman of the Graduate Center is the author of seven books, including the novels Harvard Square and Eight White Nights and the acclaimed memoir Out of Egypt. Colum McCann of Hunter College is the author of eight books, including Transatlantic and Zoli; his novel Let the Great World Spin was awarded the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction.”

It was a vibrant discussion, likely to interest anyone who thinks about creative-writing pedagogy (student, teacher, alum) as well as fans of the speakers. And I’m happy to say that video from the event is already available to share. (Now I just need to add it to the Creative Writing at CUNY website that I help manage at the day job!)


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Monday Markets for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Paid Summer Internship at Tablet

“Tablet is hiring one paid, full-time summer editorial intern. If you have experience in journalism and are familiar with the landscape of American Jewish life, we’d love to hear from you.

Interns will contribute blog posts and full features as well as assist the editorial staff with research and administrative tasks. The summer internship runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day at our offices in New York City.”

More info here. Application deadline: March 21.

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Sunday Sentence

Another Sunday when I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, which asks others to share the best sentence(s) we’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Aside from W.W.II, work, illness, and going to the bathroom, they did everything together.

Source: Roz Chast, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” in The New Yorker



Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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