#mww13

It has taken me a week to figure out how to blog about the Midwest Writers Workshop. I just didn’t know where to start. Do I talk about my awesome fellow interns/ninjas/redshirts? Or a few of the really awesome people who put it together? Or the visiting literary agents and faculty, with a clear biasContinue reading “#mww13”

Yeah, That’s Not How You Do Literary Citizenship

“I’m a professional writer of forty years! Can any of you stand up and say the same?” The microphone hijacker is drunk. His shouts crash out of the speakers and drown the awkward silence. A group of (really quite talented) writers in their twenties had gathered at the bar to read poetry and prose, toContinue reading “Yeah, That’s Not How You Do Literary Citizenship”

What About Publishing?

Last week, I told you about some lessons I learned about writing. Now, let’s talk about publishing. For my literary citizenship class this week, Cathy Day assigned us roughly ten million things to read about publishing. I’m not complaining, mind you, not at all. I will take any trusted sources on publishing that I canContinue reading “What About Publishing?”

7 Writing Revelations

In the past week, I’ve gone to a panel on grad school for creative writers, a Q&A with essayist Elena Passarello, the In Print reading with authors of recently released first books, and a panel on writing and publishing. If I managed to go to all that and not learn anything, there would be somethingContinue reading “7 Writing Revelations”

The Importance of Being Literary

I’ve talked before about my literary citizenship class with Cathy Day, where we learn about why, as writers, we should be making an effort to be part of the literary community and how we can do that. For the class, we all had to participate in organizing a literary event. I was in a groupContinue reading “The Importance of Being Literary”