Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
A reminder from the folks at Fiction Writers Review that May is Short Story Month.
Now, this is refreshing: Brian Gresko suggests that “Having Children Might Actually Help Your Writing.” (Frankly, I find tiresome the woe-is-us sentiments that emanate from too many writer-parents–especially writer-parents with healthy/neurotypical children who are in school all day and supportive, bread-winning partners who make it possible for the writer-parent not to have to work another full-time job. Talk about a need to “check your privilege”!)
Loved Lisa Scottoline’s account of “English Class with Mr. [Philip] Roth.”
From Laura Maylene Walter: “How I Got Published in The Sun,” about her personal essay, “In the Twelve Years Since You Died,” which appears in the May issue of the magazine.
Finally, two excellent videos to recommend. The first features Ron Charles in conversation with Edward Hirsch in a discussion that touches on poetry, love, grief, and so much more. The second records a visit by Ta-Nehisi Coates to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Moderated by the J-School’s dean, Sarah Bartlett, that video includes students’ questions and is likely to interest op-ed writers as well as many others.
Have a great weekend, everyone.