Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • From Leslie Pietrzyk: “Tips on Giving a GREAT Craft Lecture at Your Low-Res MFA” (applicable to other presentations, too).
  • You’ll find some additional guidance–this time regarding those “artist statements” that so many applications seem to require–over on the Brevity blog, where Allison K. Williams breaks down further some advice she found over on Getting Your Sh*t Together.
  • “Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children — and she couldn’t have had a successful career without them.” Read more, adapted from Ruth Franklin’s new Jackson biography, via
  • I’m not sure if Karen Craigo considered the list of items included within her “100 Rules for Living (Give or Take)” to form a poem. But I’m definitely leaning in that direction.
  • And ICYMI: This week brought an extra-special edition of the Fig Tree Books newsletter, with all sorts of preview content from Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. The perfect way to approach the forthcoming Jewish New Year!
  • Have a wonderful weekend.