Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. (Exceptionally, these will have to last you about a bit longer, because I’m taking a brief break from blogging for the next week or so. Thanks for your patience, and see you again soon!)

  • Publishing guru Jane Friedman held her first free “office hours” on Facebook this week. If you missed this chance to ask questions and have them expertly answered, you’re in luck, because a) the session has been archived and b) there are more sessions coming in the next months.
  • On my to-be-listened-to list: “The Ethics of Book Reviewing,” a recording of a session from last year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference.
  • I confess that there are relatively few podcasts that I listen to regularly, but I never miss an episode of Tablet‘s “Unorthodox.” I was anticipating this week’s episode especially eagerly because I knew that one of our Fig Tree Books authors, Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping), would be a guest. And she did a great job talking about some true-life inspirations behind some of the characters in her debut novel, the risks and responsibilities of writing about Israel, and more. If you can’t listen to the entire episode, Jessamyn is introduced about 12 minutes in.
  • I just discovered Story366, where “writer and editor Michael Czyzniejewski will read a new (to him) short story every day in 2016, then post about it.” Pretty amazing, right? Earlier this week, Story366 spotlighted one of the many superb stories in Susan Perabo’s new collection. Go see.
  • Kristen Ploetz shares some of what she has learned from five years of “writing, submitting, and promoting…short stories and essays.” (Thanks to @NinaBadzin for the lead.)
  • Until we meet again, friends!