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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • Last Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of Bernard Malamud’s birth. It’s an auspicious time, then, to revisit Malamud’s 1974 “Art of Fiction” interview in The Paris Review. (h/t @Kyle_Minor). Also recommended: text of Malamud’s remarks at a Bennington College lecture.
  • Nice, brief Q&A with Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (aka “PLOTUS”).
  • Five writing tips from Dinaw Mengestu.
  • Two MFA-related items to share. First, Sara Finnerty’s “What I Wish I Knew After My MFA Ended.” Next: Karin Gillespie’s “A Master’s in Chick Lit.” Unfortunately, I came upon these pieces too late to include them on the handout for my imminent (as in tomorrow) Grub Street/The Muse & the Marketplace session on “After the MFA.” But I’ll be sharing lots of resources I assembled for that handout right here on Practicing Writing next week.
  • Love this post from a student in Cathy Day’s Literary Citizenship class, about writing and publishing her first book review.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. And if you’re going to #Muse14, I hope that I may see you. Please say hello!

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    1. The Dinaw Mengestu piece is truly excellent. What he says about character fascinates me, especially the bit about letting the reader insert themselves. It really explains how some characters draw us in to the narrative and some don’t.

      And #2 made me feel better about me lower-than-usual productivity week.

    2. Erika,
      What a delight to find these fabulous links in my inbox on Saturday night. A wonderful way to start the week (in Israel). Wish I had signed up years ago. Thanks for Friday Finds, Judy

    3. Thank you both for the comments! And you two should know each other!

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