writers and family
Where We Write: Iowa
Iowa isn’t just the Writers’ Workshop. A native Iowan talks about how she learned to capture the true nature of her home state, and the stoic people who live there, in her writing.
Why We Write: Going Back to Where It Was
After finding him paging through her diary, a mother confronts the ethical and emotional struggles of writing about her son’s traumatic brain injury.
Why We Write: My Father’s Voice
A daily phone call from India spurs an emerging writer to complete her first novel.
The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas
The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families, and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Their tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories.
World Poetry Day, Banned Books in Saudi Arabia, and More
Books & Brews brings booze to a new venue in Indiana; Adam Zagajewski on balancing joy with sadness; Vladimir Putin’s fictional presence; and other news.
What It Takes: The Messy, Beautiful Business of Being a Writer Parent.
In a deeply personal chronicle that spans nearly twenty years, one writer grapples with the struggles, strangleholds, and immeasurable inspirations of being a writer parent.
Survey Suggests Writers Fear NSA Surveillance, Seamus Heaney Tribute, and More
Amazon has launched a Kindle Store in Australia; Anthony Burgess’s estate has contracted with David Higham Associates to represent the late author’s work; a recent PEN America survey suggests writers are wary of government surveillance; and other news.
Zadie Smith’s European Travels With Her Father, Baby Born in Barnes & Noble, and More
A new book reports that Amazon’s stance toward small publishers “was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon ‘should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle’”; Hector Tobar looks at how Amazon and other online booksellers are reacting to compaints over pornographic content; Open Culture found an image of Mark Twain with Nikola Tesla; and other news.
Where We Write: Hannibal, Missouri
In the second installment of Where We Write, a fiction writer takes a trip back home to Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the town that still inspires her work, long after she's moved away.