The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • I wish I had the time to comment on Elise Blackwell’s article, “What Defines a Successful Post-MFA Career?” It contains some excellent points, and it sparks additional thoughts. But my to-do list is already too crowded with things to take care of outside my full-time, no-summers-off, no-sabbatical day job.
  • Especially for anyone teaching composition/expository writing: tips on running a “speed-dating” peer-review workshop.
  • Happy Birthday to The Short Review! “This month The Short Review turns four years old. Over that time our forty or so reviewers worldwide have reviewed 439 story collections and anthologies, and we have interviewed over 250 authors … We all do what we do for love of the short story and to spread the word about as many short story collections as possible so readers can get hold of them, demand them from their local bookshops or libraries, buy them as presents.” P.S. Did you know that it is National Short Story Week in the U.K.?
  • I LOVE this advice from Leslie Pietrzyk: “How to Give an Excellent Reading.” Spot on.
  • If you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you probably don’t have the time to read these writing-related e-books right now (even if you can do so free of charge), but all writers may want to check out the batch of complimentary offerings. (Offers expire November 12!)
  • Speaking of NaNoWriMo, check out Susan Woodring’s inspirational blog post on the subject.
  • How great was it to open Sunday’s New York Times Magazine and find an interview with Philip Levine inside?
  • The International IMPAC DUBLIN literary award longlist has been released. Just in case you’re looking for another book to read.