Phobias

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 4.16.14 by Writing Prompter

What if one day you woke up with a crippling phobia? What if the object of the phobia was something you once loved? This week, incorporate this scenario into the storyline of one of your characters, or create a new character. Think about the nature of fear and how it shapes us, how it restricts us yet also protects us. For inspiration, visit phobialist.com.

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Roxane Gay

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Posted 4.16.14

Author Roxane Gay, who is profiled in the May/June issue of the magazine, and her editor at Grove/Atlantic, Amy Hundley, chat about Gay's new novel, An Untamed State, about a Haitian American woman who is kidnapped, her wealthy father unwilling to pay the ransom.

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Lost at Sea

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 4.15.14 by Writing Prompter

“O, thou ever restless sea / God’s half-uttered mystery," wrote Albert Laighton in his poem “The Missing Ships” (1878). While significantly fewer ships go missing nowadays, search teams have recently been pouring all of their effort into finding the wreckage of Malaysia Flight 370. The longer the search team takes, the higher the likelihood the secrets inside the aircraft’s black box will be lost forever. This week write a poem about searching for a “lost ship.” Consider the ocean’s depth, the cleansing powers of its salt water, and the hopelessness of its vast magnitude. 

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The Guinness World Record of Book Signing, New York City Celebrates James Baldwin, and More

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An original Wilfred Owen manuscript on display in England; inside the Manhattan offices of the Paris Review; six successful independent bookstores; and other news.

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Donna Tartt, Vijay Seshadri Win Pulitzer Prizes

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Posted 4.14.14 by Prize Reporter

Today in New York City, the Pulitzer Prize board announced the winners and finalists of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes. Of the twenty-one prize categories, awards in letters are given annually for works published in the previous year by American writers.

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Make Your Soul Grow

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Posted 4.14.14

When a group of students at New York's Xavier High School wrote to their favorite authors back in 2006, only one responded: Kurt Vonnegut. Dogtooth Films created this video, featuring students at Hove Park School in the UK, to celebrate the late author's inspirational letter to the students, which urges them to make art for its own sake and to "make your soul grow."

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Authors Guild Appeals Judgment for Google, Amazon Smartphone Out in June, and More

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An Alice Munro short story becomes a film; a novelist gains new perspective on her husband’s disappearance; a new book on Barney Rosset; and other news.

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What Fear Can Teach Us

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Posted 4.11.14

In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820, novelist Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles) shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

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TED Talks to Become Book Series, Philip Roth's Letter to the Editor, and More

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Writers at the Atlantic look at writing and marriage; the effects of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s writing on his personal life; the death of Michael Rockefeller; and other news.

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Griffin Prize Shortlist Announced

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Posted 4.11.14 by Prize Reporter

The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry announced the shortlist for its 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize on Tuesday. Two awards of $65,000 CAD (approximately $59,253) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year, one by a poet living in Canada and another by a poet living internationally.

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