Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.
A superb post by Chuck Sambuchino on “how to support an author’s new book” – replete with 11 suggestions! (I’d add only that the book needn’t necessarily be new!) (h/t The McNeese Review)
I would have been impressed with Susan Kushner Resnick’s profile of Pulitzer prize-winner Gilbert King even if Sue and I weren’t friends. I’m so glad that The Writer has put the article online so everyone can see it. (Be sure to read King’s “5 Writing Tips” at the end.)
Beautiful piece on the Beyond the Margins site by another friend, Andrea L. Volpe, on lessons learned from an unpublished essay.
Lots of interest in this week’s “work-in-progress” post re: “immigrant fiction.” Have you chimed in yet? On a related note: This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “The German Refugee,” an exceptional (and much-anthologized) short story by Bernard Malamud. The Forward‘s “Arty Semite” blog has been kind enough to republish a post of mine about that story (which appeared initially on Ron Hogan’s Beatrice blog).
Story endings! I won’t ever be able to learn enough about crafting them. I’m grateful for Nelly Reifler’s recent lesson on the subject.
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) has launched its new blog, “The Writer’s Notebook,” with an (unsurprisingly) excellent post by Steve Almond: The Writer’s Essential Tool: Self-Inventory. (P.S. On the AWP Facebook page, I’ve inquired about the new blog (you’re welcome!) and received the following response: “We plan to share new posts on a semi-monthly basis, and currently we’re working with solicited content only. Future topics will cover advice on Craft & Critique, ‘What I’m Reading’, Publishing/Agenting/Contests, Teaching, and Writing Conferences. We look forward to sharing more!”
Have a great weekend, everyone!