All posts filed under: Literature

MidWk Updates: The Writer’s Conference

4.8.2020 The last post for today. Writers take note, please. The literary magazine, The Writer, is holding a conference later this year in November, location Boston, Massachusetts. Here are short details about the conference below. Credit source: The Writer THE WRITER’S CONFERENCE   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Boston, Mass.   Ready to take your writing to the next level? Join The Writer’s staff, readers, and special guest speakers for our inaugural writing conference this fall. Whether you’re looking to get a better grasp of the modern publishing industry, receive practical craft advice from our panel of experts, or network with fellow writers, you’ll find a wide variety of sessions for every genre and every writer. Attendees can also take advantage of our professional manuscript critique service and/or our exclusive Fiction Masterclass, which offers hands-on craft instruction in an intimate small-group setting. Sign up for our mailing list now to receive important updates about our conference! REGISTRATION PRICING Earlybird Rates Limited time only! BEST DEAL Exclusive Earlybird Bundle: Buy all three and save! Conference registration plus Fiction Masterclass plus 10-page …

Creative Close-Up from The Writer

3.31.2020 Hello everyone! Last day of March and I wanted to get a start with Creative Close-Up. I found a great article from The Writer titled Six Must-Know Tip for Getting the Most Out of A Writing Conference.  Credit source: The Writer Six must-know tips for getting the most out of a writing conference Pack right, plan early and stay connected with this essential advice. PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 1. PLAN EARLY   It’s never too soon to start planning a conference trip. In addition to securing the best deals on airfare and hotels, many conferences offer “early bird” registration fees, meaning savvy attendees can save hundreds of dollars just by registering months in advance. That said, booking early comes with its own risks: Most conferences don’t offer refunds, so those registration fees could be lost if something unexpected comes up in the months between now and the event.   2. PRINT THE SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE   Don’t waste precious conference time figuring out which events you want to attend. Most conferences publish their schedule well …

Spring Reads 2020

3.21.2020 Spring is has arrived and we might as well take advantage of reading some great books. Thanks to Brenda Janowitz from Popsugar, here is her list of Best Spring Books for Women or 25 of the Best New Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring…it’s still Women’s History Month ya know… Credit source: Popsugar Best Spring 2020 Books For Women 25 of the Best New Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring March 15, 2020, by BRENDA JANOWITZ 3.8K Shares            Image Source: Amazon     Brenda Janowitz is a POPSUGAR books correspondent. Her sixth novel, The Grace Kelly Dress, will be published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House on March 3, 2020. Anyone else totally over Winter? (Don’t all raise your hands at once!) I am! Who’s ready for something new? Spring has almost sprung, and with it brings great weather, sweet flowers, and most important, fabulous new reads. With all of those fresh books coming your way, it can be hard to choose how to fill your to-be-read pile. But I can help! Not sure what …

MidWk Update: AWP Conference 2020

2.26.2020 Hello! Just a reminder update about the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair 2020, which will be held at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, March 4-7, 2020. For those who are attending, here are just several reminders… Credit source: AWP AWP Conference The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in San Antonio, TX, in 2020 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer. 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair San Antonio, TXHenry B. González Convention CenterMarch 4–7, 2020 Key Dates January 7, 2020: Will-call registration opens January …

Winter Reads 2020

1.1.20 It’s time for some great winter books. Normally I would’ve posted this back in December, but I didn’t. I guess I wanted to wait until the new year. Rachel Epstein of Marie Claire has her list of great winter reads… Credit source: Marie Claire The Best Winter 2019 Book Releases to Curl Up With on Your Couch By Rachel Epstein You and I both know that as much as we love getting that picture playing in the snow for the ‘gram, we’d much rather be mistaken for a wrapped burrito on the couch while reading a new book…or five. If you’re able to handle the FOMO of freezing your fingers off in a cute beanie, pass the time indoors by picking up any of these amazing new winter book releases, below. 1.‘Children of Virtue and Vengeance’ by Tomi Adeyemi COURTESY $19.99 $11.99 (40% off) read it Tomi Adeyemi, known for her acclaimed debut novel Children of the Bone, is back with her second book in the YA fantasy Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. This time around, main characters Zélie and Amari …

MidWeek Update: AWP Conference & Bookfair News

1.1.20 Hello! Starting the new year with an update with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs upcoming conference and book fair. I posted an update sometime between September through October I think, but I’m posting because some of you may be interested in attending or already made plans to attend the event. The information is below… Credit source: AWP AWP Conference The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in San Antonio, TX, in 2020 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer. Click here to register in our store today! 2020 AWP …

Best of Books 2019

12.26.19 Read any good books lately this year? Well according to Molly Young from Vulture, these 10 reads must be really good. I found the article so interesting, I had to share it with you. Here are Young’s best books of 2019.  Credit source: Vulture The Best Books of 2019   From an experimental memoir of domestic abuse to the one that broke 10,000 brains. By Molly Young   10. Doxology by Nell Zink Doxology It’s acidic, it’s absorbing, and it’s chunky enough to provide a bulwark against unwanted conversations with people you’re obligated to see during the holiday season. $20 at Amazon 9. Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan Machines Like Me The only time I think about cryonics is when my mind turns to the few dozen people (Iris Murdoch, Shakespeare, Goethe, etc.) whose brains I wish were still available so they could comment on modern moral dilemmas such as climate-change denial, privacy, animal rights, and AI. Luckily there is Ian McEwan, who is alive, operating at a normal temperature, and writing what I can only describe as literary …

MidWeek Updates: More Writing Contests…Courtesy of The Writer

11.27.19 Hello! The last MidWeek Updates for this month. The Writer has a few more writing contests for the rest of this year. Take a look below… Credit: The Writer F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contest Deadline Sunday, December 15, 2019 Categories Fiction, Poetry Entry Fees Up to $15 USD. Prizes Short fiction: first-place prize of $1,000.00 Flash fiction: first-place prize of $300.00 Poetry: first-place prize of $300.00. Description Brink Literacy Project is delighted to announce their F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contests in short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. Up to $1600 in prizes are available! Each winner of the submission categories, along with the five top finalists, will be considered for publication in F(r)iction alongside original artwork from Brink’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2019. Contact Information Find more info and submit here:  https://frictionlit.org/contests/ Website https://frictionlit.org/contests/       Garden Magic – Photo Flora …