Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • Last weekend found Ron Charles at the Gaithersburg (Md.) Book Festival. “One of the highlights…was hearing Alice McDermott talk about changing attitudes toward literary novelists who are religious and who write about people of faith.”
  • Laura Maylene Walter shares some submission pitfalls and tips gleaned from her recent experience as a reader for a short-story collection contest.
  • Speaking of collections, Lisa Romeo has just welcomed to her blog Faye Rapoport DesPres, who explains there how her “memoir-in-essays” came together. (You can read more about one of the essays in Faye’s book over on My Machberet; you can also expect to see a Q&A with Faye about the entire collection in the next issue of The Practicing Writer.)
  • Delighted to present my first assignment for The Barnes & Noble Review: a review of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.
  • And just for fun (or maybe some ekphrastic inspiration): a not-so-little gift from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (h/t @mgershovich)
  • Happy weekend, everyone!