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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “Publishing Trends and Why My Novel Didn’t Sell to the Big Five”: a post by Michelle Cameron, whose next historical novel will be out in 2020.
  • “I remember, when I first started opening up workshop space, that it felt very rebellious and transgressive. I was letting the writer talk! Letting them answer questions! The students were shocked by this too. That’s how well-trained we are in the traditional system. But it didn’t take long to get used to an open space because, it simply feels more productive. It simply makes more sense to have a conversation.”—Beth Nguyen, in “Unsilencing the Writing Workshop” (Literary Hub).
  • Brian Koppelman’s latest “The Moment” podcast episode features television and film critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz on “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men,” and more. Lots of great “moments” here, especially in discussions of the craft and practice of criticism and the form of the recap.
  • And there’s a new literary award to know about: “Already dubbed by the Times of London as the ‘Dead Author Nobel’ the prize will honor an esteemed writer who never won the Nobel Prize in Literature, which cannot be given posthumously. That long and distinguished list includes Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo.” (via Shelf Awareness/Robert Gray)
  • And over on the My Machberet blog, there’s a fresh batch of Jewish-lit links.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.

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    1. Thank you for the Beth Nguyen article – excellent!

      • Agreed! (But then, part of my appreciation stems from the way the piece made me feel vindicated in my own practice of asking writers to preface their workshop submissions with a note about what they’d hope for in responses.)

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