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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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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • One year later: Remember Richard Blanco’s poem for President Obama’s second inauguration? Did you know that Blanco would have preferred reading another poem he wrote for the occasion?
  • I love this essay by A. Papatya Bucak: “An Address to My Fellow Faculty Who Have Asked Me to Speak About My Work.” (It’s part of the new issue of Brevity.)
  • Sandra Beckwith suggests “7 Things You Can Do to Promote Your Book As Soon As You Finish the First Draft.”
  • There’s much in Lisa Romeo’s post “Poetry for Prose Writers” that resonates with me–especially concerning the influence of my MFA experience on expanding my comfort level with contemporary poetry.
  • And for your weekend viewing/listening pleasure: video from the “hangout” featuring Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro (some rough techno-patches, but of course delightful overall). (h/t @JewishFictioNet)
  • Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Wednesday’s WIP: Memories, My German Passport & Me

    Grandma & Me at My Sister's College Graduation, 1994

    Grandma & Me at My Sister’s College Graduation, 1994

    So long as the anticipated snowstorm doesn’t shut down the city, before I head to the day job today, I’m stopping off at the German consulate, where I’m renewing my German passport. When I went online to book my appointment back in November–you need to make one, you can’t handle this by mail–I thought it was really something that the first available appointment was January 22: my German grandmother’s birthday.

    As many of you already know, my grandmother–who would be 99 today–was a huge influence on the stories in my collection, Quiet Americans. Which celebrated the third anniversary of its publication a few days ago, too.

    And as for my passport, it was the focus of one of my first published essays. The scan quality isn’t great, but I’ve uploaded a copy of “Passport from the Past,” which was published in the Boston Sunday Globe in 1997.

    [UPDATE: The city schools (and my office) are open--but transit is dicey and non-essential travels around the city aren't in the cards this morning. I'm going straight to work and rescheduling the consular appointment. I think that Grandma would approve!]

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    Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • An inspirational success story — it seems the seventh time was the charm — from Gigi Rosenberg.
  • And on the other hand: “If you stay in the creative writing game long enough you accumulate plenty of quirky, sad, disheartening, and even enraging publication stories.” So writes John Vanderslice, before detailing one such story of his own (and then offering some broader reflections).
  • Were those creepy V.C. Andrews novels part of your adolescent reading history (as they were part of mine)? Then you’ll definitely want to read “The Ghost Of V.C. Andrews: The Life, Death, And Afterlife Of The Mysterious ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Author.” Maybe even before tomorrow evening brings us a TV-movie adaptation of Flowers in the Attic on Lifetime.
  • I’ve only read one of the three short-story collections that are up for this year’s Story Prize. How about you?
  • And, cross-posted from my other blog (My Machberet): a video of a recent conversation between Alan Cheuse and Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.

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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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