January 2011

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What It Means to Be a Writer Today Part 2

What It Means to Be a Writer Today Part 2

The two paths By Don Wallace In my previous post, I explored the news for writers emerging from the ashes of traditional publishing. Recently, I have been thinking about how writers get started. Two people I know have recently asked me for advice, or else didn’t get out of the way fast enough when I [...]

Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

    ROSALYN DREXLER — I’m a worker. I don’t wait for inspiration. I don’t know what inspiration is. A certain connection happens as you get deeper into the work. You are not really there. You are a state of mind: at one with the creation (book or painting, etc.). Thus I think inspiration comes [...]

Books by Glenn Schaeffer’s Bed

Books by Glenn Schaeffer’s Bed

The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?, Padgett Powell; The Financial Lives of Poets, Jess Walter; Curse of the Mogul: What Went Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies, Jonathan Knee; The Pound Era, Hugh Kenner; Manhood for Amateurs, the Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, Michael Chabon; Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch; two [...]

Photo by Eric Olsen

What It Means to Be a Writer Today

Part I, The Good News By Don Wallace Sitting here in publishing limbo, bracing ourselves for waves of change and tidal surges of destruction, we may feel compelled to ask what exactly did we get ourselves into when we decided to be writers. After all, the consensus of media and other anointed commentators seems to [...]

Books by Eric Olsen’s Bed

The War of the World, Niall Ferguson; Berlin Noir, Philip Kerr; a biography of Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson; Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco; Cider House Rules, John Irving; Polonaise and North of the Port, both by Anthony Bukoski; Bangkok 8, John Burdett; and Army at Dawn, Rick Atkinson, the first volume in a [...]

Intro: A Word From the Editors

Intro: A Word From the Editors

As I write this, the release of We Wanted to be Writers is six months off, scheduled for August, 2011. We’re also just a few days away from a reading from the book at the annual meeting of the AWP in Washington, DC. That meeting takes place on February 3, at 10:30 am in the [...]

Join Us at AWP in February!

Join Us at AWP in February!

Sandra Cisneros, Geri Lipschultz, Eric Olsen, and Glenn Schaeffer will read excerpts from We Wanted to Be Writers, followed by a discussion, at the annual conference and bookfair of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Join them Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., in the Maryland Suite of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, [...]

Jane Smiley Reads from Her Latest

The Pulitzer Prize winner reads from Private Life, her 2010 bestseller, the story of Margaret Mayfield—her life, marriage, and disillusionment.

John Irving Writes Backwards

John discusses his writing process—he always writes the last sentence first—and his long career, as well as Last Night in Twisted River.