Going Somewhere New to Write about Somewhere Familiar


The first time it happened to me, I was in Ireland. After a few days in County Kerry, I sat down to write about the cold, unceasing rain and about what an idiot I was to have packed a bikini. Instead, I found myself jotting down details of a novel chapter set in Tampa, Florida.

June 20, 2012 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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Grub Street Novel Incubator Postpartum Depression: A Primer

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By Rob Wilstein

Four weeks since the birth. Well, partial birth, really, but, eeuuw, that sounds gross. Clinical. Even partial birth is a little generous, but what else can I call it? And now it is out of the incubator, gently lifted from the cozy, enveloping warmth and soothing light of that safe place, the Grub classroom. I speak of my novel, of course. The Grub Novel Incubator pilot year ended on May 3rd, with a group reading from our novels.

June 6, 2012 | Info

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A Sex Writer Praises the Writers’ Room of Boston

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By Lana Fox

When I became the 2012 Nonfiction Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, I admit I was surprised.  In fact, I am often surprised-—and very pleasantly, I might add—-when my sex journalism and erotica are warmly received.  But our society is becoming far more sex-positive and less ashamed of sexuality.  What’s more, the Writers’ Room is a passionate community that treasures creativity, seriousness of intent and commitment to the craft.  Why wouldn’t they welcome a writer who is an activist for social change?

Thankfully, the Room entered my life when I desperately needed ...

May 31, 2012 | Info

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My Favorite Writing Movies

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By Keith Moore
(Originally published on Keith's blog, KAMmentary.)

Since writing mostly consists of sitting in front of a keyboard (with long moments of staring out the window thinking, “Why didn’t I listen to my mother and get a real job?” or “Should I go to the coffee shop and pretend to work there instead?”), it’s not surprising that there are few good writing movies: it’s not the most visually stimulating activity

May 24, 2012 | Info

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Every City Has A Voice by Sara Fetherolf

Every city, like every person, has a unique voice. Floating on top of the physical setting, there’s a landscape of sound. That’s what I try to catch in Stories on the Street. I want to capture not only the particular qualities of individual voices, but also the sound-texture of a place.

May 22, 2012 | The Drum

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