Posts tagged “writing”

How to Find the Right Literary Agent: 4 Tips for Creating a Targeted Submission List

Posted Tue, 2/02/2016 - 2:17pm by  |  Category:

“How do I find the right publisher?” Good question. As publishing consultants, we get this a lot. Publishing can often seem like a mystery, and one of the biggest sources of confusion and frustration for an aspiring author is figuring…

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Feeling rejected? So did Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Fri, 1/22/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Twenty years before Kurt Vonnegut published his semi-autobiographical classic Slaughterhouse-Five, he sent his work to The Atlantic Monthly. Here was his first public attempt at capturing on paper the bombing of Dresden (an effort he’d try again in Slaughterhouse). What did…

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An Illness by Any Other Name Would Still Mess You Up

Posted Thu, 1/21/2016 - 12:57pm by  |  Category:

On January 26, we present to you “To Whom it May Concern: Writing for a Cause,” an event that focuses on social change through writing featuring Litsa Dremousis, Charles Mudede, and Jennie Shortridge reading pieces of their own and advising…

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Feeling rejected? George Orwell did, too. Thanks, T. S. Eliot!

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 2:59pm by  |  Category:

Trotskyite: that’s the word T. S. Eliot used to describe George Orwell upon reading an early draft of Animal Farm. The book, of course, is now a staple of most high school English classes (let alone “most influential literature” lists)….

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An unrevised sketch of some ideas about revision

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 12:14pm by  |  Category:

Justin Taylor will teach “Vision and Revision,” starting Jan. 28. Register now! There’s no other readerly disappointment quite like something that almost works. The writer clearly has talent, natural as well as honed, and has put substantial time and energy…

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How to Read Your Writing Aloud

Posted Mon, 1/11/2016 - 1:41pm by  |  Category:

Writers are the prairie dogs of the professional kingdom. It’s not that we aren’t social—we spend our days surrounded by people, many of whom we’ve even created ourselves. Rather, we dread the unexpected. Sharpened comments descending without warning, bent on…

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Feeling rejected? Ann Beattie did, too

Posted Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:54pm by  |  Category:

Last week, Sylvia Plath shared her 1962 rejection letter from the New Yorker and, admittedly, it was rather kind as far as rejection letters go. This week, we’re taking no prisoners. Ann Beattie first rose to fame in the early…

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Feeling rejected? Sylvia Plath did, too

Posted Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:56pm by  |  Category:

Sitting at my keyboard, thinking of all the reasons why I shouldn’t write what I need to write, one word tends to flash red across my closed eyelids: rejection. What if the words I pour over, the ones I chisel…

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5 Ways to Kick Writer’s Block to the Curb

Posted Fri, 11/20/2015 - 6:15pm by  |  Category:

Maybe you just finished your awesome Hugo House class and now are adrift in Writer’s Block Land without weekly accountability and homework. Maybe you’re currently in a class and finding it hard to focus on the assignment at hand. Or…

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Featured Hugo 30/30 Writer: Claire Woodard

Posted Wed, 10/07/2015 - 6:43pm by  |  Category:

Last October, I wrote every day for thirty minutes. OK, fine, I skipped a few days. But I always made up for them the next day by writing for an hour. Really. I carried a journal with me and pulled it…

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Phoetry: A Collaborative Poem from the Phinney Farmers Market

Posted Tue, 9/29/2015 - 6:50pm by  |  Category:

Our volunteer, Mike, had a great time at Phinney Market, and lots of young poets and their families turned up to help us create poems about the Phinney Market. Enjoy. Good Food On Every Corner Food is eaten here Familiar,…

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Gordon Lish’s Brand of “Fairness” in Fiction | A Micro-Lesson by Jeff Bender

Posted Fri, 6/19/2015 - 5:15pm by  |  Category:

I first heard the term fairness in a workshop with Amy Hempel at Columbia. She got it from her teacher, Gordon Lish. In a Vanity Fair article that Hempel wrote about Lish, called “Captain Fiction,” Hempel catches Lish saying, “Don’t…

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Haiku for Hire

Posted Tue, 5/19/2015 - 12:02pm by  |  Category:

Calling all poets! A local communications and design firm, Vox Auxilio, is in need of themed haiku for a client project. Specifically, they need a collection of haikus that are suitable for occasions like a wedding engagement or new job or…

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Buddy Wakefield: Riled Up and Wasted On Light

Posted Sun, 4/05/2015 - 2:00am by

Award-winning spoken-word artist Buddy Wakefield is touring! Come see his electrifying show here at Hugo House. Tickets at the link above. About Buddy Wakefield BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, ABC Radio…

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Dispatches: Kary Wayson on Making Your Poetry Better

Posted Sat, 2/28/2015 - 12:18am by  |  Category:

How and How by Kary Wayson Yesterday I met separately with two different students—one a man who has been making poems daily, privately (i.e., without an audience or publication) for the past twenty years; the other, a much younger woman,…

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