By Katrin Schumann
Had I known 20 years ago what I now know about the book business, I might never have tried to become a writer—yet I’m so happy that I invested all that time and sweat equity into learning the ropes. Thank God for those myths that kept me going.
Ignorance was truly bliss. It took a long time to start inking deals and actually making any money, but boy was it a good ride on the rollercoaster
July 2, 2015 | Katrin Schumann
As a young adult, I found my own writing practice after university by scribbling randomly on napkins or on the backs of overdue rent bills. I loved looking at all sorts of materials as a possible canvas and feel now that these artifacts can exist as works in and of themselves. With the digitization of, well, everything, these handmade words exude an aura of an original, as one of our most original cultural critics so famously put it, that Times New Roman could never emulate.
July 1, 2015 | Cara Benson
Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.
In Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center, Boyah J. Farah reflects on his experience of racial profiling in Wayland, MA:
June 29, 2015 | Grub Daily
When I was in the 7th grade I had the chance to meet Madeleine L'Engle at a young writer's conference. I think I only shook her hand and said hi, not knowing what else to say, even though she wrote one of my all-time favorite children's books, A Wrinkle in Time. I didn't have an appreciation for the mastery of her art until I was much older.
A few years ago Carole F. Chase helped L'Engle compile bits about her life into a book called Madeleine L'Engle Herself
June 25, 2015 | Crystal King
Over the past few months my writing has garnered some positive attention. The opening chapters of my memoir-in-progress, My Mother’s Money, came in as a finalist in a memoir-writing contest sponsored by Shewrites.com and Serendipity Literary Agency. The agent at Serendipity said I could send her my full manuscript. In March, I gave a well-attended reading of several chapters of the memoir