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Posted 5.5.16

“Like most writers, I frequently rely on trusted early readers to give me constructive feedback for my work-in-progress. But after a certain point,..."

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Manly Book Clubs, Demystifying Publishing, and More

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.5.16

Literary gardens; Google AI reads romance novels to learn language; Joan Didion’s California notes; and other news. 

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An Open Sea

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 5.5.16 by Writing Prompter

Many people were overjoyed to learn several weeks ago that Inky, an octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, had escaped from his tank, wiggling through a drainpipe in the floor that eventually led him out into the ocean. NPR reporter Scott Simon commented, “it's hard not to note that Inky chose to bolt from surroundings in which he was safe, secure, and hand fed, for the dangers of an open sea that teems sharks, seals, and whales that might eat him.

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The Writer’s Paradox, the Distance Between Poems, and More

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.4.16

Author day jobs; Jacqueline Woodson on James Baldwin’s influence; transgender writers and required reading lists; and other news.

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Re-creating Fear

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 5.4.16 by Writing Prompter

“Can we really mold a narrative around something that defies narrative itself?... How can we re-create an experience that eludes the conscious mind?” In “This Is Your Brain on Fear” in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, J. T. Bushnell asks these questions as he explores the relationship between narrative storytelling and the often fragmentary, uncertain nature of memory and observation when people experience trauma.

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Deadline Approaches for BOMB’s Poetry Contest

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Posted 5.3.16 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are currently open for the BOMB magazine poetry prize, which is given biennially for a group of poems. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in BOMB magazine. Bhanu Kapil will judge.

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Algorithm Selects Book to Publish, Bookslut’s Final Issue, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.3.16

Shelfie app partners with U.S. bookstore; Ruth Ozeki on embodied writing; on avoiding childbirth scenes in fiction; and other news.

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Feeling Music

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 5.3.16 by Writing Prompter

For a period of eighteen months in the late 1970s, an unexpected pairing of communities took place: the building that housed the San Francisco Club for the Deaf, a social club for the deaf community, became the venue for notable punk rock shows and album recordings. In an article about a Deaf Club event in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Opal Gordon, a deaf performer, said, “Music is strong, [deaf people] can feel the vibrations.

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Aureus Prep

Jobs For Writers

Posted 5.2.16

Writer/Editor
05/11/2016 - 05/18/2016

WRITER/EDITOR NEEDED. Aureus Prep, a leading boutique college admissions consulting and tutoring firm, is in search of college application essay editors for the upcoming season. College application consultants/editors should have a degree in writing, preferably at the Masters level, and should be great storytellers as this job entails heavy story-structuring and editing. Experience in college essay writing is useful, but writing talent and command of narrative win out.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Adapted for Hulu, Writing From the Darkness, and More

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.2.16

How Houghton Mifflin Harcourt grapples with Mein Kamp’s profits; an interview with poet Wendy Xu; poet and anti-war activist Daniel Berrigan dies at ninety-four; and other news.

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