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What I Learned From Bestselling Author Andrew Neiderman

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 17, 2018

I grew up in South Fallsburg, New York about 100 miles from New York City. I went to Fallsburg Central Schools, where it took nearly 10 villages and rural towns to create a district. And in my junior year of high school, I convinced the school leadership to allow me to graduate a year early, and I convinced my parents to let me escape small town life for college.

The main requirement for early graduation was doing double English in my junior year. So I signed up for the required New York State Regents English course, and took a creative writing elective. I was neither creative, nor showing any potential as a writer, but I was always a reader. And my creative writing teacher, Andrew Neiderman, nurtured that love of reading with the eclectic novels he chose for his syllabus, among them, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, books that have stayed with me nearly 50 years later.

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6 famous writers who never made a dime

bigthink.com – Friday February 16, 2018

The image of the broke writer is engrained in the popular imagination. The often tortured artist who writes until they remember to eat, and then eats too little as to stretch out their failing budget.

While this image doesn’t apply to most writers, there are a few remarkably famous authors who hardly made a dime by writing. This didn’t stop them from joining the ranks of the most celebrated poets and novelists of all time. Here we have six such authors for your consideration.

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Corvus and A M Heath launch thriller competition

thebookseller.com – Friday February 16, 2018

Atlantic imprint Corvus has joined forces with literary agency A M Heath to launch a crime and thriller competition.

Deviant Minds is a writing prize open to unagented authors in the UK or Ireland, with an unpublished adult crime novel or thriller. The winner will be offered representation by the agency, along with an offer of digital publication from Corvus, and possible print publication to follow.  

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S&S launches competition with Darley Anderson and Bradford Literature Festival

thebookseller.com – Friday February 16, 2018

Simon & Schuster UK has launched a competition with the Darley Anderson Literary Agency and Bradford Literature Festival to find the next bestselling commercial fiction author.

The theme for the first 'Write Here, Right Now' prize is “new beginnings and discovery”, with writers encouraged to submit the first three chapters and synopsis of their work in any genre. The competition is live and open until 13th April and the winner will be announced at the Bradford Literature Festival in June.

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Creative Writing Tips from Harvard’s Faculty

thecrimson.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Harvard’s English faculty hosts a powerhouse of acclaimed creative writers. As lecturers and professors, they devote countless hours to passing on the skills of their craft to students. The Crimson asked four faculty members who teach fiction-writing classes to share their creative writing wisdom.

“You can make an entire world up in your head and transmit it to other people with scribbles on a page,” said Claire Messud, a Senior Lecturer. “Making up stories is open to all of us.” While not every Harvard student will have the opportunity to take their classes, anyone can try their hand at creative writing.

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The Necessity of 'Willful Blindness' in Writing

theatlantic.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

There’s nothing conventional about Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut. A little over 100 pages, it’s far short of the 80,000 words most memoirs need to be deemed viable. There’s barely any exposition: Major characters enter the narrative intimately and without fanfare, almost as though we know them already. A crucial scene might be just three lines of unsparing poetry. In short, the book does everything it technically shouldn’t, brushing off the familiar regimen prescribed by MFA programs, and slipping the strictures of commercial publishing. The thrilling part is, it works. Heart Berries is a reminder that, in the right hands, literature can do anything it wants.

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Tandem Light Press and 220 Publishing Present Midwest "Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference" April 7th in Milwaukee

digitaljournal.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Feb. 13, 2018 / PRZen / MILWAUKEE -- Write, Pitch, Publish: The Innovative Writers Conference, a Milwaukee-area literary full-day conference designed to provide support and insight to up-and-coming writers, this week announced the conference will officially take place on April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For those wishing to submit their manuscript for a critique by a literary agent through the event, the conference this week announced there is a February 20, 2018 deadline for submissions – manuscripts do not have to be completed in full.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Crime; Drama; Erotic; Fantasy; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Dark; Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Serious

Magazine looking for original, well-written, powerful and emotional stories. Also open for poetry. New and up-and-coming writers are just as welcome as established writers.

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8 Short Story Writing Tips from a Dean of Creative Writing

snhu.edu – Tuesday February 13, 2018

I love stories. It's safe to assume that applies to all fiction  writers. Novels allow us to weave complex narratives that evoke authentic worlds and intriguing characters. The benefit of a novel is that it gives a writer the time and space to build a fictional, yet believable, world. It can also be argued that it gives writers too much time and space.

Short stories can also contain rich settings and compelling characters, but they force efficiency upon a writer. While this might seem frightening at first, I find that the confines of a short story often boil the work down to its most important, and compelling, parts.

So, where do you start? There is no magic formula, and each writer follows his or her own unique process, but I hold to eight general guidelines when sitting down to draft a short story.

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ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class

hollywoodreporter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018

ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.

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