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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • I mentioned it on Twitter this week, but there’s so much to love in Debra Monroe’s “The Memoir of Discovery (Not Recovery)” that I’m mentioning it again here icymi. I mean, can’t you tell it’s a winner by its subtitle on the Kirkus website — “Why my new memoir isn’t about an awful childhood.”
  • In the latest New Yorker fiction podcast, Allan Gurganus reads and discusses (with Deborah Treisman) Grace Paley’s “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” from a 2002 issue of the magazine. (cross-posted on My Machberet)
  • You may have caught a tweet of mine this week extolling Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest feature article on her first year as a full-time freelancer. Here, however, Jane shares a few tidbits about her experience to date that aren’t in the magazine piece.
  • Something tells me that I’m not the only one who’s ever at a loss for conversation ideas while milling around at a conference or a party. Although they’re not specifically intended for writers, these “11 Foolproof Ways to Start a Conversation With Absolutely Anyone” (by Minda Zetlin, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors) may be worth your time. (hat tip to @annkroeker)
  • And some suggestions for your social-media strategy, based on new Pew Center research results, courtesy of Frances Caballo.
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    3 Responses »

    1. I am really enjoying all your posts. Thanks so much!

    2. Great roundup–and glad I found a winner for your roundup!

    3. Thank you both so much!

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