What We Can Learn from Poets

“Poetry is to prose,” wrote Paul Valery, “as dancing is to walking,” and in this post Ben Berman previews his upcoming Muse and the Marketplace session on what kind of dance moves prose writers can learn from poets.

 

 

A couple of summers ago, I decided to take a break from writing poetry in order to try my hand at penning a screenplay.

Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Why Write When There are Thousands of People Out There Not Reading Your Work

In this post, GrubStreet instructor Ben Berman considers the tension between the pleasures of writing and the pressures of being a writer.

 

 

The other day we were at some friends’ house when I found myself in a conversation with their six-year-old son.

 

My dad told me that you’re a writer, he said.

 

Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities

Building a supportive network takes time and courage. Novelist Katrin Schumann argues that it’s worth starting to cultivate community early on, even if your instinct or your preference is to work alone. This post first appeared on JaneFriedman.com.

I’ve always found people who make movies to be awe-inspiring—in order to evoke a world and a story on screen, they need to work together with dozens of other professionals, from front-end people like actors and directors, to back-end people like sound editors

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

What I’ve learned about Literary Movements from my Daughters

In this post GrubStreet Instructor, Ben Berman, uses his daughters’ relationship with the moon to discuss the ideals of Romanticism and Modernism.

 

 

My older daughter has always been transfixed by the moon.

 

When she was a baby we would sit on the back porch and watch it rise over our neighbor’s house. She would clap her hands wildly and rub her chest please, begging me to climb into the night sky and retrieve it for her.

Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Countdown to Your Book Launch

Katrin Schumann explores what it's really like for authors in the months before launching a new book into the marketplace.

A book launch is a prolonged, and frankly rather strange, experience. You've already been working for what seems like ages (and sometimes is ages) on a manuscript. Eons pass as you prepare that manuscript for the reality of a commercial marketplace: editing, cover design, interior design, more editing, acknowledgements, nightmares about who you've forgotten to acknowledge, and diving into promotional activities. Your book--it's themes, characters, the whole point of it--seems far away now. It's become a product, one ...

Katrin Schumann

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