What Writers Do in Times of Crisis

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By Katrin Schumann

I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.

What do writers need to hear in times like this? How can I be helpful to others when that which binds us--our obsessive love of words, books, writing--is overshadowed so universally by our fear of the unknown? 

Do I tell you how to make lemons out of lemondade?* Do I reveal that I'm writing page after page despite the uncertainty and boredom

Katrin Schumann

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Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?

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By Katrin Schumann

How long does it really take to write a book? From beginning the first draft to seeing it on bookshelves? It's generally accepted that more books = more success/ happiness. But what does being "productive" really mean, and does it make you happy as a writer? 

I used to think the solution to almost all writerly problems lay in having more timea comforting thought since I had so very little of that particular commodity. Simple, I thought: when I have more time, I'll do more writing, and I'll be happy and productive.

On some level ...

Katrin Schumann

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Tell-All Boston with Calvin Hennick: January 23rd

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Join us on Thursday, January 23rd for the first Tell-All Boston event of 2020 with author Calvin Hennick at Porter Square Books, featuring Sari Boren, Angie ChatmanDoris IaroviciAmy Yelin and alumni of our Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator programs.

 

In his unforgettable debut memoir Once More to the Rodeo, Calvin Hennick holds a mirror up to both himself and modern America, in an urgent and timely story that all parents, and indeed all Americans, need to read. Five years into fatherhood, Calvin Hennick is plagued by self-doubt and full of questions. How ...

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It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions

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Last year, I didn't make any New Year's resolutions. Frankly, I was tired of pushing myself so hard, and I thought: hey, how about I just try my best this year? It felt like a gentle enough goal given that I had just started a new job and my first novel was about to be published. While I knew quite a bit about what was ahead (I'd published nonfiction before), I had very little idea about whether the outcome for this book would be good, bad or indifferent, and how I would end up feeling about it all

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice New Writing The Workshop The Writing Life