Confidence

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 7.24.14 by Writing Prompter

Deep within us, we have desires or goals we might be nervous about bringing out into the open for whatever reason. Maybe we feel embarrassed or that we can't compete with those who have already mastered the skill we seek to learn. You might have felt this way when showing your writing to someone for the first time—or maybe you still haven't shown your writing to anyone yet. This week, think about whether there are any factors that make it difficult for you to share your work. If you've taken the leap and put yourself out there, write about what that felt like.

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Ferris, Fowler Make Man Booker Longlist

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Posted 7.23.14 by Prize Reporter

The Man Booker Prize Foundation announced the longlist today for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. This year marks the first time in the prize's history that any author, irrespective of nationality, with work written originally in English and published in the United Kingdom, is eligible to win.

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Jack White Launches Third Man Press, Some Consumers Avoiding Amazon, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.23.14

Amazon shushes authors; Sweetness #9 receives the “Colbert Bump”; the Baffler opens archives online; and other news.

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Twice Upon a Time

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Posted 7.23.14

Hari Kunzru's digital memoir, Twice Upon a Time: Listening to New York (Atavist Books, 2014), incorporates music, recordings, movable text, and photographs for an interactive experience. Read more about Atavist Books in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Seniors

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 7.23.14 by Writing Prompter

Some people slow down in their golden years, taking it easy and enjoying the family and friends they've gathered around them in the comfort of their community, while others try to continue to live like their younger selves. This week, write a story about an older person who still has the mindset and physical stamina of a twenty-something. How does this affect her interactions with her peers? What are her secrets? Is she one of those people who wishes to live forever, or does she simply make a habit of staying healthy?

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Authors Debate Poetry’s Relevance, Publishing Mergers in 2014, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.22.14

BitLit partners with HarperCollins; Julia Turner named editor in chief of Slate; the burdens placed upon writers of color in academia; and other news.

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The Healing Project

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Posted 7.22.14

Spoken word poet Tony Styxx performs a piece about resilience and hope in a short film by Kelli Camille Films.

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Memorize

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 7.22.14 by Writing Prompter

It's easy to get bogged down by the ideas behind the poem you are writing, losing sight of the harmonic structure of the words themselves and the rhythm of lines and pauses. This week, chose a poem that you love and memorize it. Say it to yourself over and over again, until it escapes the page and makes a home in your body. Try not to think about how the poet would want it to sound—concentrate instead on how it sounds in your voice, how it inhabits you. Once you get comfortable with the process, try this with your own poems.

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Hillary Clinton Book Signing Draws 1,100 Fans, Author Among Malaysia Airlines Victims, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.21.14

First printed book in English sells for nearly $2 million; feminist author Laurie Penny attacked online; a poet enters the world of Las Vegas performance; and other news.

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Ernest Hemingway's Manuscripts

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Posted 7.21.14

Patrick and Sean Hemingway, the son and grandson of Ernest Hemingway, describe how the original manuscripts of A Moveable Feast provided insight on the man and his true intentions for the book. A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition was released by Scribner in 2010.

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