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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, book reviews, and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

Wednesday’s WiP: “After the MFA”

so14_cover“There are several valuable lessons I’ve learned from my experience—none of which I understood before or even upon finishing my MFA—that I believe every writer considering a graduate degree in writing (or those who have recently received one) should know.”

Read the rest of my article/essay, just posted on the Poets & Writers site to accompany the September/October MFA issue.

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Monday Markets for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday 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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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.”

“‘This means a lot to me,’ he said. ‘Of course.’”

Source: Robin Williams, quoted by Rob Eshman, “Remembering Robin Williams, ‘Honorary Jew’” (Jewish Journal)




Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “We who love literature face an urgent crisis: a gruesome epidemic of articles worrying over the demise of literature, reading, English Departments, and apparently (along with them) culture, art, morality, humanity, and ALL KNOWLEDGE AND CIVILIZATION.” I’ll admit that I’ve wearied of reading those articles. But I enjoyed Tasha Golden’s Ploughshares blog post on “the problems with doomsday laments” themselves.
  • Speaking of we who love literature: David Abrams is one of our literary culture’s great heroes. The latest example of his goodliness: the new edition of his Front Porch Books column, “a monthly tally of books–mainly advance review copies (aka “uncorrected proofs” and “galleys”)” that have made their way to his Kindle–and the pile of packages on his front porch.
  • It may sound silly or self-evident, but, as The Renegade Writer cautions us, “If You Don’t Read Magazines, Don’t Try to Write for Them.”
  • “In Praise of Vacation Time.” I think we can all use this reminder.
  • And on a somber note: I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about and grieving for Robin Williams. I’ve also been prompted to revisit William Styron’s seminal Darkness Visible, which you can find in its magazine form on the Vanity Fair website.
  • Have a good weekend, everyone.

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    Wednesday’s WiP: New Day Job, One Week In

    FigTreeBooks LogoIt has been a very busy time! Things are buzzing along at my new job as Media Editor with Fig Tree Books (FTB). You may have noticed that the FTB Twitter account is active. Yesterday, we created our Facebook page. Along with our webmaster, I’ve been making some edits to our website. I’ve been digging in to our forthcoming books (our first list will be announced in September–stay tuned for that news).

    Beyond the job, I’m still working on one outstanding freelance assignment, fielding responses (okay, rejections–but nice ones!) for my oft-cited literary humor piece and a new poem, and awaiting edits on a couple of other pieces that are in the print-and-virtual-works. Over the weekend, I also managed to sneak away from the city for my first visit to the annual Authors Night at the East Hampton Library (I was in reader mode, not author mode).

    As I said, it has been busy!

    Before signing off here, I want to thank all of you who have congratulated me–publicly or privately–on the new gig with FTB. Your thoughtfulness means more than you know.

    And–I have to say it: Extra-special thanks to everyone who has heeded my request and followed FTB on Twitter. It is never too late to join us there, and I hope that you’ll choose to do so.

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