The spring 2011 guide to writing vacations; profiles of poet Nikky Finney and novelist Karen Russell; an experts guide to twenty-first century publishing; the best time to start your agent search; and more.
The Wider Sky: A Profile of Nikky Finney
For Nikky Finney, whose fourth book of poems, Head Off & Split, is out this month, fearlessness isn't just a character trait. It's a responsibility.
The Strangeness Quotient: A Profile of Karen Russell
In her new novel, Swamplandia!, Karen Russell returns to the dark and magical kingdom of kid-dom.
Conferences and Residencies
The Bear River Writers' Conference: Petoskey, Michigan
Michigan’s Walloon Lake, an old stomping ground of Ernest Hemingway, is now the site of the Bear River Writers’ Conference, where each summer a new crop of writers join mentors such as Patricia Hampl, Robert Hass, Laura Kasischke, and Elizabeth...
The Slice Literary Writers Conference: Brooklyn, New York
A new conference offering a wealth of programs designed to help emerging writers navigate the publishing industry will launch this September in Brooklyn, New York.
For those interested in venturing far afield—from Kenya to Canada, Italy to Ireland—we take a look at the inspiring locales of ten conferences, festivals, and retreats.
The United States of Writing Vacations
We’ve mapped a hundred and fifty destinations across the United States—from the islands off the Washington coast to the beaches of southern Florida—that offer inspiration for your writing and your adventurous spirit.
Conferences in the Pacific Northwest: Bellevue, Washington, and Portland, Oregon
Writers traveling to the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference in Bellevue, Washington, and Ooligan Press’s Write to Publish in Portland, Oregon—the oldest and youngest conferences, respectively, in the region—are offered the chance to...
The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies
Dreaming of a way to integrate family into the traditional (solitary) residency model, one writer proposes four ways for parent-writers and residency directors to work together toward child-friendly colonies.
News and Trends
A look at Writershouses.com, a new Web site that chronicles the pursuit and experience of literary pilgrimage, and A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses, a scholar’s take on this devotional phenomenon.
The launch of Google’s eBookstore, which offers a unique compatibility across more than eighty-five devices, could prove to be a game-changing challenge to the closed systems of Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble.
In this regular feature, we offer a few suggestions for podcasts, smartphone apps, Web tools, newsletters, museum shows, and gallery openings: a medley of literary curiosities that you might enjoy.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including T. C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done and Laura Kasischke's Space, in Chains, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Shortly after Michael Chabon stepped into the position of chair of the MacDowell Colony’s board of directors last December, he spoke about his dedication to the colony and about making the most of the MacDowell experience.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features the Literary Bohemian, Tin House, Barrelhouse, Alimentum, New Letters, and Confrontation.
Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Wave Books, the Seattle-based poetry publisher that over the past five years has established a national reputation for its carefully selected and artfully produced books.
For the past twelve months, five poets and five composers from across the country have been working together to explore in words and sound the idea of sanctuary. Their project will culminate this month in the performance of a concert, titled The Sanctuary Project.
A scene from The Select (The Sun Also Rises), the third in a trilogy of productions based on modernist American literature of the 1920s by New York City–based theater company Elevator Repair Service, which will play at Emerson College’s Paramount Center in Boston from March 15 to March 20.
The Practical Writer
Gabriel Cohen, coordinator of Sundays at Sunny’s, one of New York City’s longest-running literary reading series, talks with John B. Thompson, author of Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, who demystifies the complexity of the book-publishing industry in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
Ordering a poetry collection requires the ability to see each poem from a distance as well as analyze the manuscript as a whole. The former executive editor of Alice James Books reveals her strategies for editing a strong book.
Does your book need to be finished before you seek representation? Do agents really read synopses? Agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler, whose clients include Lauren Shockey and Emma Straub, answers these questions and more.
The Literary Life
Track Changes: Ditto Machines to Digital Literature
Technology for writers has come a long way since the days of correction tape and mimeograph machines, but are the conveniences of the digital age taking the art out of the work?
Writing Jobs: How to Develop Characters That Work
Creating the professional life of a fictional character requires a multifaceted approach to research, but the payoff can be a story that resonates in the real world.
While caring for her dying grandmother, author Lisa Saffran gained new perspective on the richness of life in language as well as a renewed perseverance as a creative writer.