When we think about launching our books, we dream of doing readings (among other things like catching sight of our books in airports, and, of course, getting on bestseller lists), but in this day and age why are readings still so important to us?
By Katrin Schumann
For a new author, are readings really all they're cracked up to be?
The March 2019 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing.Or, the adjustment to daylight savings time. That also matters.
Need some Grub in your life? Here's a preview of everything happening this week at Grub:
- February Brown Bag Lunch, February 13th
Short Classes at Grub HQ:
- Mastering Beginnings and Endings in Fiction, February 15th
- Novel Essentials: Style--Showing vs. Telling , February 15th
- Narrating Childhood, February 15th
- Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Avoiding Generalized Characters, February 16th
- Intro to the Personal Essay: Online, starts February 13th
- Cinematic Structure for the Prose Writer: Providence, starting February 11th
When writing the fiction of violence, Katrin Schumann finds that there are no easy answers about how to get it right. This article first appeared in CrimeReads.
Years ago in a writing workshop in San Francisco, a lanky middle-aged student sitting next to me held his pages in trembling fingers. He began to read aloud a story about a body found in the trunk of a car. As he read, we all listened attentively, drawn in at first by the obvious questions: who was this woman and what had happened to her? We were trying to learn to become better writers