A Day of One’s Own

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By John Weeks

On June 16th, the literary world will celebrate Bloomsday in honor of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. This retelling of The Odyssey takes place on June 16th, 1904, and follows its hero, Leopold Bloom, as he journeys through Dublin to reconnect with his wife. On June 16th, Joyce fans the world over will gather over pints of Guinness to read this literary masterwork.

May 30, 2013 | Info

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Every Thing I Learned, I Learned From Grub: A Grown YAWPer Reflects on Her First Writing Workshop

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By Katie Li

“You mean, you're taking a writing class at that place that has ads on the Green Line?”

This was the typical response I got when I told my friends about my summer plans.  I was fifteen years old and ready to write something more meaningful and imaginative than the brief exercises assigned for English class.  I was taking my very first creative writing workshop at Grub Street, a little known writing center that just happened to have a Young Adult Writers Program.  It was the year 2000, a few years before the birth of Facebook, and ...

May 5, 2013 | Info

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When a Stiletto Isn't Just a Stiletto (Or What Our Characters Carry)

Tjukurla_Art_StilettoIn a recent Confidence Coaching session, a Grub writer was showing me a story about two homesick characters.  One of them—a boy—had several personal possessions that he carried on his journey, while the girl had brought little with her.  She was traveling light.  The writer knew that the character who’d left her possessions behind was on an emotional journey to try and detach from home.  She wanted to abandon so much, but of course, when there is love, no matter how complex or broken, letting go isn’t usually so easy.

The discussion of our possessions and ...

April 12, 2013 | Info

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WHY GO TO WRITING CONFERENCES? Writer On The Road, March 2013

Are you like me?  Do you often think of writers' conferences as JACOB JAVITZ CENTER-SIZED WAREHOUSES PACKED WITH WRITERS JOCKEYING FOR POSITION, saying things like "WHO published you? Realllly. Huh. HOW many books did you sell? HOW many print runs? You don't KNOW? Ha ha.   Hmmmm..." while their gazes drift over your shoulder to see if somebody else more important has walked into the room? Maybe you envision writers' conferences as seething seas of one-upsmanship; tons and tons and tons and tons of books you MUST read; panels and readings you MUST go to (or remain ETERNALLY MENTALLY UNENRICHED ...

March 28, 2013 | Jenna Blum

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Four Things I Learned From Nora Ephron

By LZ Nunn

When Nora Ephron died in June of 2012, I was stunned.  I had  read and reread her essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck at least six times, dragging it to and from the gym until the soft, dog-eared pages started to come loose from the binding.  I read it fiendishly, reflexively, searching for clues for how to improve my own writing.

I felt I had lost a friend.

February 26, 2013 | Info

Guest Post Inspiration The Writing Life