All posts tagged: Literature

Fall Reads 2019

9.25.19 Fall has arrived and its time to look at which books will or maybe on your nightstand or coffee table. Found this article from Cristina Arreola from Bustle. I’m putting twelve of the thirty-six books for Fall 2019. Book descriptions by Amazon.  Credit source: Bustle       “This month for Reese’s Book Club, we are listening to The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott! Set during the Cold War, it tells the story of secretaries turned spies who are tasked with smuggling Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR and into the hands of Russian citizens. You’ll get to know Sally and Irina, two spies who risk it all for love and adventure.” (Reese Witherspoon) A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice – inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the 20th century: Doctor Zhivago.     From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an “accidental” American …

Creative Close-Up Courtesy of The Writer

9.23.19 Hello again…Just one more post to put up. September is about to leave us soon and that means Creative Close-Up is here. For writers, amateurs to professionals we all have made some mistakes in writing an article to writing stories. Long or short. I found an article by Gail Rady for The Writer, which was published in August. I think this could be helpful, don’t you? The do’s and don’ts of dialogue Dialogue is a powerful tool. Do make it sound lifelike, don’t let it drone on forever. Learn the do’s and don’ts of writing in dialogue. Photo by Blan-k/Shutterstock I’m not talking just to hear my own voice,” Grace insisted. “I’ve got a big job here!” Indeed, she does. Or the dialogue does. Only in a raw beginner’s manuscript – or a creative writing student’s desperate attempt to meet a page requirement – does dialogue drone on simply to fill the airways. Dialogue is a powerful tool. Imagine for a moment gazing on a family reunion devoid of speech. Or try your favorite …

MidWk Update: AWP Conference 2020

9.18.19 Afternoon all! Got something to pass along to you. The (AWP) Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference 2020 will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Here is some info about the upcoming event, courtesy of AWP. Credit source: AWP 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair San Antonio, TXHenry B. González Convention CenterMarch 4–7, 2020 Key Dates July 15, 2019: Bookfair sales open August 1, 2019: Accepted events announced August 1, 2019: Bookfair stage sales open August 1, 2019: Small Press Publisher Award submissions open August 1, 2019: Early bird registration opens August 12, 2019: Hotel & Travel information available for registered attendees August 15, 2019: Deadline to confirm #AWP20 events Accepted Organizers: Watch the #AWP20 Accepted Organizer Website Tutorial September 1, 2019: Deadline for additional scheduling and A/V requests September 1, 2019: Deadline for event outline uploads November 1, 2019: Offsite event submissions open February 5, 2020: Deadline for accessibility requests Materials to View/Download Attendee Guide Social Networking Twitter: use #AWP20 Bookfair Facebook Page Instagram: use #AWP20 Conference Queries Registrationregistration@awpwriter.org(240) 696-8273 Conference Eventsevents@awpwriter.org(240) 696-8250 Future Conferences Kansas City, Missouri March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center Philadelphia, …

MidWeek Updates: NW Summer Writers’ Conference & Digital Book World 2019

7.17.19 Hello! Just have two things to share with you. Northwestern School Professional Studies Summer Writers’ Conference and Digital Book World 2019. Credit source: northwestern school professional studies & digital book world   Summer Writers’ Conference August 15–17, 2019 • Chicago Join a community of writers at Northwestern University for a three-day institute on writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program, which is now in its 15th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings. Learn how to escalate your plot, write a gut-wrenching story, motivate your characters, and turn your nonfiction into a narrative. Hear keynote presentations from award-winning authors, including Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers). Get advice from publishers, agents, literary editors, critics, and published authors in all genres. You can also schedule an individual manuscript consultation with conference faculty. Writers at all levels of experience are welcome, as are writers of all genres and backgrounds. Come seek a fuller understanding of the craft—and business—of writing. The conference is hosted by the Northwestern University School of Professional …

Wknd Updates…Calling All Writers!

7.13.19 As the title suggests…CALLING ALL WRITERS!…Found three contest submissions courtesy of The Writer.  Credit: The Writer 2019 Summer Flash Contest Ends on August 15, 2019  Multiple price options   Summer seems like the right time to write short. Show us your very best work in any genre, fiction or nonfiction. The catch? We’ll only accept works that are 1,000 words or less.  Deadline: August 15th, 2019 Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine  Word count: 1,000 words or less  Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.      Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Contest Deadline Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Categories Children’s, Fiction, Young Adult Entry Fees $15 Prizes $1,700 Cash prizes; Publishing (and professional editing) of top 25 stories in each category; Book cover contest; Description Do you happen to know a talented child writer (10 – 16 years)? If yes, here is a great opportunity for him/her to get published! Deadline to register and submit stories is July 31, 2019. We publish 25 top stories …

Summer Reads 2019

6.26.19 Summer is here and you know what that means right? It’s time to pick out which books to read at the beach, on the front porch, in a hammock, or anywhere to tuck your feet. I did this list a bit different, I picked four from some other lists. Books that not only looked interesting, but the details were just what peeked my curiosity. Take a look for yourself Credit source: Pop Sugar, Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Refinery 29 First of I chose four books from Pop Sugar‘s 34 best lists. Brenda Janowitz puts her spin on these three from the list… Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn From the acclaimed writer of Here Comes the Sun comes Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel, Patsy. It’s the story of a Jamaican woman who comes to America, where she hopes to reunite with a childhood friend. She is forced to leave behind her 5-year-old child, and as she struggles to find work and come to terms with the life her childhood friend has chosen, we also see what her daughter’s …

MidWeek Updates: Literature Conferences…

6.12.19 Morning! I have two literary conferences that need some attention. First, it’s the Romance Writers of America RWA2019 Conference. Here are the details… Credit source: RWA Conference   Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, July 24–27, 2019. At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate: education and information, networking with fellow writers, interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.   Romance Writers of America RWA2019 Conference Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.   RWA is: a non-profit association of 9,000+ members based in Houston, Texas dedicated to advancing the interests of career-focused romance writers home …