More Bad News for Writers

I ran across this in the New Yorker from George Packer: “Without sufficient advances, many writers will not be able to undertake long, difficult, risky projects. Those who do so anyway will have to expend a lot of effort mastering the art of blowing their own horn. ‘Writing is being outsourced, because the only people […]

Amtrak to Offer “Riders” Residencies

Writers across the blogosphere are all atwitter (pardon the pun) about this new development: Amtrak is seriously considering offering writers long round-trip rides for the sole purpose of writing. Jessica Gross, a writer for the Paris Review, was given the honor of taking this program for a test run in exchange for tweeting about it. […]

New Year’s Resolution: Submit Your Work!

Writers, if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get your stories/poems/essays out there to a wider audience – to get published – I’d like to help you with that. Below are a few sites that offer contests and paying markets for you to send your work to: FundsforWriters Contest listing. Hope Clark’s site is […]

Is Iceland Heaven for Writers?

When I traveled to Ireland in 2007, I thought I had arrived in the most literary country on Earth. Irish novelists, poets and playwrights were widely celebrated and honored; there were numerous tours to the homes and haunts of these famous writers. As it turns out, I may have been off by a letter… and […]

Books That Should Be on Every Writer’s Shelf

I write and teach others how to write, so I have the pleasure/pain of reading and working with lots of books about writing. Recently, my mom asked me a seemingly simple question: “What books do you recommend to learn about writing?” Alas, my brain circuits fried: there are so many! Where to begin? However, now […]

Got Writer’s Block? Turn Down the Lights.

Inc. has a fascinating story that could help blocked writers everywhere. It seems two German researchers discovered being in dimmer lighting promotes “risky, more explorative [sic] behavior, leading to creativity.” Most of us already knew that, on some level. Other research has shown dimmer lighting to be more relaxing, and we know how important relaxation […]

Another News Flash: Writers (Still) Don’t Make Much Money

Salon has a great article by Patrick Wensink bemoaning the vast difference between what being an “Amazon bestseller” ought to be vs. what it actually is. His book is published by a small press, and he made it to Amazon’s bestseller list with “somewhere around 4,000 copies sold.” For that, he earned $12,000. It’s important […]

News Flash: Literary World Ignores Women

A great little article in HuffPo points out something that, for most serious female writers, isn’t exactly news: “publications like the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books published significantly fewer articles by women in 2012.” This was based on a VIDA study, which also concluded that […]