News from Dead Darlings

We’re heading from the Dead Darlings’ offices into the holidays armed with presents and egg nog and thick wool mittens. Every writer knows that along with the good cheer and mistletoe holidays bring the complicated dramas of family, expectations, and magic (or magical thinking) that make stories great. Here are some things to pack into your sleigh as you head into the festivities.

December 23, 2016 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice

Workshop Apprehensions

New GrubStreet instructor Shubha Sunder reflects about the value of workshop, and how it's complemented by the solitude of the writing process. Catch Shubha in the classroom teaching Fiction II starting January 12th.

 

December 22, 2016 | Shubha Sunder

The Workshop

Best of the Web 12/19/16

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.

 

With the end of the year comes the end-of-year book lists. Find new recommendations on this one from Literary Hub, including former Muse presenter Garth Greenwell. (This is why your holiday wishlist keeps getting longer.)

December 19, 2016 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

In Brief

Help, my three-year-old yells, tugging on my leg. There’s a monster under there!

 

Under where? I say.

 

And then she falls to the ground laughing, having made yet another unsuspecting adult say underwear aloud.

 

Underwear is a big deal to my three-year-old – a source of both great silliness and pride – which strikes me as fascinating, given how often I have panicked dreams of standing in front of a small audience only to realize that I’d forgotten to wear pants.

December 14, 2016 | Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Best of the Web 12/12/16

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.

 

Ever try to start a baby-sitting business? You're not the only one. Thirty years later, The New Yorker reflects on the entrepreneurial girl-bosses from the Baby-Sitters Club series.

"The Feminist Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club"

December 12, 2016 | GrubWrites

Procrastinate