Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “‘A lot of people think it’s been overnight,’ [Roxane] Gay says of her success.” Molly McArdle’s excellent Brooklyn magazine profile of Gay shows that that isn’t so.
  • On my TBR list: The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt by Mark Athitakis. Until I get to it, I’m happy to have this Q&A with The National Book Review to enlighten me.
  • And on my to-be-listened-to list: “Current Trends in Literary Publishing: 2017,” a panel discussion featuring Porter Anderson of Porter Anderson Media; Katie Freeman of Penguin Random House’s Riverhead Books; Dawn Davis of 37 Ink; Literary Hub’s Jonny Diamond; and Michael Reynolds of the independent publisher Europa Editions. Recorded at #AWP17 and available online via CLMP.
  • “In two different sessions–one on constructing novels, novellas, and book-length memoirs through a series of flash pieces; the other on the benefit to fiction writers in writing plays–I heard the craft component of description dismissed out-of-hand as an understood negative feature.” So notes John Vanderslice in a post-#AWP17 blog post that defends description.
  • And don’t forget that every Friday there’s a new set of Jewish Literary Links over on the My Machberet blog. Here’s the latest installment.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.