News from Dead Darlings

Here are the Dead Darlings’ offices we know writer's inspiration can come from nearly anywhere: news headlines, overheard conversations, or the characters in your life. This month, we got inspired not just with stories, but the craft lessons and novel fodder hidden in different media.


Anna Williams takes a closer look at the hidden heroism in the Not-so-Brave Girls featured in the novels of her youth.  

January 20, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

A Sense of Place: Cleveland and Me

It’s an old adage to “write what you know,” especially in nonfiction. And some writers, such as Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones, suggest that we write about our obsessions. Personally, those obsessions and my sense of self merged with the industrial city that formed me: Cleveland, Ohio.

When I was a boy, my hometown was a source of both pride and shame

January 18, 2017 | Judah Leblang

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Meet a Grubbie: Garrard Conley

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet new Memoir Incubator instructor Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased (Riverhead/Penguin 2016), named one of Oprah's top ten memoirs of 2016

January 17, 2017 | GrubWrites

Meet a Grubbie

Best of the Web 01/16/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.

In this Buzzfeed essay on her years as a publicist, Emily Gould reflects on the difficulty women face in the workplace, and how they are still struggling to break free from personality stereotypes, especially as authors. 

January 16, 2017 | GrubWrites


Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Kate Racculia's Bellweather Rhapsody

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's edition features a sentence from Kate Racculia's novel Bellweather Rhapsody.

January 13, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Advice