A Round-Up of Resources for AWP 2013

With 11,000 creative writers about to descend upon Boston for the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, it's not surprising that some of those writers have written online posts providing guidance and advice. I've collected a few below. If you're planning on attending this year's AWP from March 6-9, feel free …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 9/14/12

It dawned on me that I should collect some of the best links on writing and creativity I tweet during the week and compile them in a single, easy-to-use guide. I thought I'd call it "Creativity Tweets of the Week." Oh yeah, I used to do this pretty regularly, didn't I? Here at the Artist's …

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MFA Nugget: Is Your Dialogue Scintillating?

WARNING: At the bottom of this post I have retyped the result of a writing exercise I authored an hour ago. My sincerest apologies. You hold the rejection letter in your hand, wondering why the editor didn't rush to publish your short story. Your opening was like a bundle of firecrackers. Your plot was written …

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Peer Critique Leads to Award-Winning Writing

It won the 2012 Sidney W. Vernick Award in Nonfiction by fwriction: review, and now the literary journal has published my essay, "September 12th," online. I'm delighted The Artist's Road readers have a chance to read a bit more of my creative writing should they choose. But I'm moved by what I've learned from this …

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Lit Journal Nugget: Ep;phany

Awhile back I had an epiphany; as I studied literary journals I would run reviews on this site. I then had a further epiphany; I would invite readers to submit their own. I'm pleased to feature the first guest post in the Lit Journal Nugget series, a review of Ep;phany by Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, a great …

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You Can’t Be Published If You Don’t Play

"You can't win if you don't play," lottery jingles tell us. The same is true with our creative pursuits. For example, with creative writing, we won't be published if we don't submit. In a recent post, my friend Kate Arms Roberts posited the notion of "learning to fail better," which she found in Alice LaPlante's …

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Lit Journal Nugget: fugue

Today we'll take a look at the literary journal fugue, which like e.e. cummings eschews capitalization. I discovered this journal last year via NewPages, and picked up a copy last month at AWP. It is edited by university graduate students, and given its quality, it appears no worse the wear for lack of a permanent …

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