Friday Finds for Writers

The weekly collection of writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • First up: This Shelf Awareness piece throws a lot of light on how Leslie Brody’s new book, The Last Kiss, took form. Note the roles of bookstore events, a writing workshop, and those ever-powerful prompts.
  • And speaking of memoir: “Your Memoir Is Too Much About You,” says Ethan Gilsdorf.
  • Pretty funny piece by Shalom Auslander. Here’s a taste: “In the first place, it is true that I turned 40 this year, and it is equally true that, for the 40th time, my writing did not make it into the New Yorker’s ‘Forty Under Forty’ issue, or Granta’s ‘Forty Under Forty’ issue, or the LA Times’s ‘Forty Faces Under Forty’ issue, or the Guardian’s annual ‘Forty American Writers Under Forty to Watch’, or even McSweeney’s ‘Forty Writers Under Forty Who Live Near Us in Brooklyn and We Hang Out With Quite a Bit or At Least Would Like To’.”
  • Alas, it’s unlikely that I’ll make it to the South Dakota Festival of Books anytime soon, but David Abrams’s lovely account makes me feel almost as if I was right there with him this year.
  • Interesting account of one professor’s foray into an online creative-writing course–as a student–with the University of Phoenix.
  • Have a great weekend, all. See you back here on Monday!