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Posted 9.3.15

“I have an insatiable appetite for movies—they were my gateway to the creative world when I was a kid, long before books were. Books, I can’t live without books, but movies help my brain wrap around an idea,..."

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Günter Grass’s Final Book, the Fiction of Joy Williams, and More

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Elena Ferrante on gender stereotypes; National Book Foundation honors Don DeLillo for lifetime achievement; Tim Parks on ambiguity in fiction; and other news.

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The Art of Memoir

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Posted 9.3.15

"What I love about memoir is that solitary voice trying to learn how to be a human being." Mary Karr, whose forthcoming book, The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2015), is featured in The Time Is Now in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, comments on the power of the memoir form with the help of some well-known writers.

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Reshaping the Past

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 9.3.15 by Writing Prompter

In Mary Karr's new book, The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2015), she writes that "from the second you choose one event over another, you're shaping the past's meaning." Think of a significant event from your past that you've written about before. Make a list of three other events or changes that were occurring in your life around that same time. Write an essay about one of these "secondary" events, focusing on deriving personal or emotional meaning out of this seemingly less impactful event.

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Red Hen Press Controversy, Thriving Indie Bookstores, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.2.15

Jonathan Franzen’s divided reputation; Patrick Modiano’s search for “pre-history”; the qualifications of a critic; and other news.

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Dagoberto Gilb

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Posted 9.2.15

The founding editor of the literary magazine Huizache, which is featured in Literary MagNet in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, reads an essay about identity at a TEDx Talk in El Paso, Texas.

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Personified Emotions

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 9.2.15 by Writing Prompter

In the recent animated film, Inside Out, the main character’s mind is steered by five personified emotions—anger, disgust, fear, joy, and sadness. Imagine a scene in which your main character suddenly feels one of these emotions intensely. Jot down a list of colors, sensations, and personality traits you associate with this emotion. For example, if you choose anger, you might find yourself thinking of the color red, heat, erratic gestures and movements, and loud noises.

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Rona Jaffe Award Winners Announced

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Posted 9.1.15 by Prize Reporter

The Rona Jaffe Foundation has announced the six recipients of the 2015 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Awards, which are given annually to emerging women poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The awards “identify and support women writers of exceptional talent in the early stages of their careers.” Each winner receives $30,000.

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The Success of Graywolf Press, Bill Murray’s Love of Poetry, and More

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Royal Shakespeare Company launches rap app; expert concludes Harper Lee manuscript is not a third novel; Scarlett Johansson fails to ban book that features her likeness; and other news.

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Loud or Quiet

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 9.1.15 by Writing Prompter

Do your poems tend to be loud or quiet? Try your hand at switching up your writing's volume. Write a poem that's noisy and full of hard consonants and cacophonous sounds, or write a calmer poem that whispers with a softer rhythm and smoother pacing. Perhaps you can transform your piece by altering capitalization or punctuation, or by italicizing. When you increase or decrease the levels in your poem, are the types of images or emotions that come to mind drastically different?

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