Maybe you weren’t able to make it to the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) panel on “The Good Review.” Or maybe, like me, you were lucky enough to be in the audience that morning, but you’d like to revisit all of the wonderful insights that were shared that day. In either case, you’ll be glad to know that Fiction Writers Review is presenting a series of the panelists’ talks online. First up: Jeremiah Chamberlin. (Also coming this week: Charles Baxter, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Keith Taylor.)
The next issue of The Practicing Writer will feature an interview with author Ellen Meeropol (House Arrest). One subject touched on in the interview is the challenge of writing about politics in fiction. In this blog post, Ellen shares additional ideas on that subject.
And on a personal note: My precious nephew (age 4 1/2) is becoming a practicing writer! As with many other activities, writing is harder for him than it should be, and we’re all extremely proud of each and every advance. No one is prouder than his devoted Mommy (my sister).
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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