Climbing

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 8.21.14 by Writing Prompter

Climbing is an exercise that's both exhilarating and exhausting. This week think of the highest you've ever climbed. It could have been a ladder to your childhood tree house or Mount Kilimanjaro. Were you climbing for fun, or out of necessity? How did it feel once you reached the top? If you feel you've never climbed to any significant height, would you ever want to?

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A Writer’s Comeback: How I Built My Own Literary Scene and Saved Myself

by Julia Fierro

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Online Only, posted 8.20.14

September/October 2014

Founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, New York, Julia Fierro discusses how creating her own workshop program—and in doing so, building her own community of writers—allowed her to rediscover her own voice.

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After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned

by Erika Dreifus

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September/October 2014

A writer compares what she thought would happen after receiving her MFA with what actually happened, and offers a few practical lessons to writers who may be considering, or who have recently completed, a graduate writing program.

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Meredith Kaffel of DeFiore & Company

Agent Advice

Posted 8.20.14

Is there a fee for working with agents or do they get part of the commission from the book sales?

There is no fee. We only make money when our clients make money. The standard agent commission is 15 percent of all domestic income and 20 percent of all foreign income brokered by that agency. If you encounter an agent who requires an up-front fee, run from him as you would from a burning barn.

 

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memoir to be Published This Fall, Teju Cole on Race in America, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.20.14

Iranian poet and activist Simin Behbahani dies; the case for laughter in literature; what editors read; and other news.

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Love Story

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 8.20.14 by Writing Prompter

Usually if someone's in love, they know it. Love is an all-encompassing emotion, often casting a person's life in a pleasant, rosy glow. But as with most emotions, love can be confusing. This week, write a story in which your character doesn't realize she is falling in love. Do her friends notice the development and try and make her see what's happening? Does she remain completely oblivious, or does she adamantly deny any affection towards her love interest? Is she even aware of her love interests' feelings towards her?

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Winter in the Blood

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Posted 8.20.14

This forthcoming film by Alex and Andrew Smith is based on the James Welch novel of the same title, published by Harper & Row in 1974. Author, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie serves as the associate producer.

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The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect

by Steve Almond

The Literary Life

Posted 8.20.14

September/October 2014

A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.

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Detroit's New "Writers Residency"

by Jonathan Vatner

News and Trends

Posted 8.20.14

September/October 2014

As part of a plan to revitalize Detroit’s literary community, the nonprofit Write a House will begin awarding writers with refurbished houses in the Motor City this fall.

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Poet Lore Still Going Strong at 125

by Joanna Scutts

News and Trends

Posted 8.20.14

September/October 2014

The oldest continuously published poetry journal in the country celebrates a landmark anniversary in September.

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