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Welcome to Practicing Writing! Here you’ll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You’ll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news and resources and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

One January evening a few years ago, just before the beginning of the spring term in which I was going to be teaching an undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey, my father, a retired computer scientist who was then eighty-one, asked me, for reasons I thought I understood at the time, if he could sit in on the course, and I said yes.

Source: Daniel Mendesohn’s “An Odyssey” (The New Yorker). And I’ll break the rules with some commentary: There are so many “Sunday-sentence” sentences here. I finally gave up trying to select one and chose the very first.

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Friday Finds for Writers

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

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Something This Writer Has in Common with Prince Harry

ICYMI: Britain’s Prince Harry recently made his podcast debut. (He did so as part of an ongoing collaboration with his brother and his sister-in-law—aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—to promote mental health and de-stigmatize the subject; I applaud all that they’re doing.)

As it happens, I’ll be making my own first podcast appearance soon enough! Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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Sunday Sentence


In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

The baby is unspoiled and perfect and doesn’t need to know anything about a lack of direction in life or family crises or inappropriate sexual partner choices.

Source: Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up

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