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Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

Easter In Pittsburgh

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Even on Easter Sunday when the church was a jungle of lilies and ferns fat Uncle Paul who loved his liquor so would pound away ...

Wilfred Owen: "Insensibility"

The Poetry Foundation | Austin Allen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

From an early age, Wilfred Owen seems to have demanded a lot out of the people around him. His younger brother Harold, as Philip Larkin recounted ...

Why Hip-Hop Has Everything To Do With Poetry

The Poetry Foundation | Nate Marshall | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

I was born in 1989 at the end of hip-hop’s infancy. By the time I dropped into being, hip-hop had a Grammy and platinum records. Reagan had alre...

Awaking In New York

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children sleep, exchanging dreams with seraphim. The city drags itself awake on subwa...

Inside Traditional Publishing: An Agent's Take on Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. How do you know if your agent is a good negotiator?

From MFAs To Bloggers, Why Are There So Many Young Writers?

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Tyler Wells Lynch

Professional writing -- be it screenwriting or copywriting -- has never been a simple career path, let alone a financially sound one. The difference today is that the competition is way too fierce for the demand.

What to Read When You Don't Read Poetry

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

Maybe you don't read poetry. That wouldn't make you unique by any stretch of the imagination. But allow me to be bold and suggest that maybe you just haven't found the right poetry yet.

How a Fart Paid My Bills

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 04.02.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

Many writers are opposed to writing for free, and I don't blame them. But, sometimes a silly blog submitted on a prominent site can result in unexpected income. Some writers will scoff at the lack of literary value of my humorous blogs. But for now, I'll just walk to the bank, farting all the way.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

Women Writers Live Life Out Loud at BinderCon LA

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 04.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Meghan O'Dea

Buying that plane ticket to BinderCon was also the best decision I ever made. It was a decision informed by the kind of gut instinct that comes only when your life is about to change. Today I'm sitting in sunny Los Angeles, still buzzing from another amazing BinderCon weekend.

Follow Your Gut, and Find a Trusted Editor: A Q&A With Carey Salerno of Alice James Books

Janice Sands | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In this second installment of my conversation with Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press with an emphasis on women writers, Carey shares some additional insights on the future of publishing and achieving success as a writer.

Bamidele Onibalusi: The Ultimate Nigerian Business Success Story

Anca Dumitru | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Anca Dumitru

Have you thought of the people out there for whom electricity, a computer and a reliable internet connection are still a luxury these days? Bamidele Onibalusi is one of them. Six years ago, he was a 16 year-old Nigerian kid who wanted to make money online.

How About Those Internet Trolls?

Jill Robbins | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

Some of the comments on my recent writing and some of the emails I've received have been... well, mean.

How To Turn Your Inner Critic Into Your Biggest Cheerleader

Laura Munson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Fifty
Laura Munson

Most of us are not even aware of that voice that lives inside us, viciously so. Unfortunately, I have been in a long-term abusive relationship with my Inner Critter for years. My Inner Critter poses as an Ivy League tweed-clad professor, and I tend to assign immediate power to anyone boasting to have a "smart" bespectacled academic Joycean opinion, especially about writing.

Blogging Your Novel

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

With publishers emphasizing platform to ascertain evidence of future sales, blogging your novel can be much more lucrative than you think. Blogging is still considered to be one of the greatest ways to expand your reach.

Embracing My OzGoth

Mina Samuels | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Mina Samuels

As of last week, my agent is trying to sell a new book I wrote. My first instinct is to hide under the covers all day, every day until...well, until ...

Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Your free work has provided you with a résumé. List the sites for which you have written and are writing. List any accolades or awards the sites have received; it reflects well for you that you're part of those sites.

The Things Writers Carry

Reilly Wieland | Posted 03.12.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

I am not one to travel lightly; I am a writer whose only cargo are my stories. I carry words with me, undoubtedly.

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

Sarah Stodola | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels.

Entrepreneurs: Jeff Davis, Creator of Criminal Minds & MTV's Teen Wolf

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 03.04.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Cardillo

I started writing screenplays while I was in high school; feature film scripts. By the time I got to LA I had written about 20 scripts. I went to college at Vassar in NY and got a BA in Film Production, then I went to USC for Screenwriting.

63 And Free

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.05.2015 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Suddenly, having all the time in the world to do whatever I damned well pleased was disorienting. I wasn't sure what I damned well pleased.

Inside Traditional Publishing: Agents and Editors, Working Together

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Agents lie to editors? I remember thinking. Apparently, some do. Editors know it, and it makes their jobs that much harder.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.

Am I 'Just' A Mommy Blogger?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I'm sitting at Starbucks. It's 7:05 p.m.. I have a notebook with me. I have doubts about trying to record my thoughts here, in this way, but I've seen so many people do it, that I am willing to give it a go.