Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Prompts and exercises have always been important to my writing practice, and that goes for the work that came together as Birthright, my new book of poems. You’ll find some reflections on this—including links to helpful resources if you’re looking for prompts, yourself—in this guest post on Trish Hopkinson’s site.

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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • A thread on the titling of books, sparked by Elizabeth McCracken. (And from my archive: more thoughts on this subject.)
  • “Beyond the Behemoths: In 2019, Small Presses Are Publishing Some of the Best Fiction Out There”—by Laurie Muchnick, fiction editor for Kirkus Reviews.
  • This week brought news of “The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth in words.” First up: a creative-nonfiction query.
  • Stephen King’s house in Maine is slated to become an archive and writers’ retreat.
  • And if it’s Friday, it’s time for some Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog.

Have a great weekend.