The manuscripts I'm receiving at WTAW Press are amazing. Less than a month left for submissions, so if you're sitting on a full-length book manuscript, don't! Go ahead, knock my socks off!
Editors Panel at Writers Forum:
July 21, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
$15 at the door
I'll be one of a panel of editors. Editors will describe editing styles. Then participants will assemble in small groups. One editor per group. Editors will travel from group to group, meeting with all participants.
Editors: Amanda Conran, Elaine Silver, Peg Alford Pursell, Shirin Bridges, Vicky Mlyniec, Karen Hart.
Come on out and chat about your project and find an editor that suits you.
Today is the day! WTAW Press is open for submissions! Guidelines are on the website and also on the Submittable page where you can send your fabulous book to us.
Already I'm struck by the quality of manuscripts I've been reading this morning. This is going to be more exciting than I already thought it would be!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers of Story Makers Show. A podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.
We cover a lot of territory, discussing my own writing, editing, the Why There Are Words reading series, and the WTAW Press launch, and more. You can find a description on the same page where you can click on the link and give it a listen.
Check your spam folder if you didn't receive it. Lots of good stuff. If you're not signed up for the newsletter, what are you waiting for? Go here.
An item worth repeating:
Perhaps you had the opportunity to hear and meet poet Michael Collins when he was here from New York a few months back. Michael is offering an online poetry workshop that sounds perfect for anyone who’s ever had an interest. The description is all here, no need for me to echo: doable and reasonable. Michael is known as an accomplished teacher as well as poet. You ought to sign up while it's possible--and tell him hello from me!
It's that time of year again, for the AWP Conference, the largest literary conference in North America. This year the conference will take place in Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2016. Why There Are Words will sponsor an offsite reading on March 31, at 7 pm, at the gorgeous Continental Club at 116 West 4th Street. You can check out the beautiful venue here. This will be a spectacular event. Read the authors' bios on the WTAW website. Join us if you can!
So looking forward to this event with Genanne Walsh, the author of Twister, in which I will try to sound intelligent about her very wise and beautiful debut novel. Please join us! Cake and bubbly, too!
The Booksmith, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Twister won the Black Lawrence Press publication prize and was a finalist for the Brighthorse Prize. Set in a small Midwestern town steeped in its own history, the storms in Twister begin to build as a tight-knit community mourns the death of a young soldier. In a constellation of family, friends, and neighbors, the story unfolds as the town secrets are illuminated, pasts are resurrected, and lives are shaken to the core. Twister is terrifying and humorous, clear-eyed and deep-hearted.
Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister. Excerpts appeared in earlier form in Puerto del Sol, Blackbird, and Red Earth Review. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in San Francisco.
Grateful and gratified to have a little story of magical realism in the latest issue of Eleven Eleven. The story, "U+2204," is part of a larger ms. of stories titled Paper Bird Ash. One of these days I'm going to get around to seeing about having the ms. published in its entirety. Meanwhile, I like seeing the individual stories getting into print one by one.
You don't have to know what "U+2204" means to appreciate the story but if you google and find out, it will add to your enjoyment and/or deepen your understanding. I hope.
Okay, it's established: I'm not a blogger. Some people blog and then pull together a newsletter from their blog posts. I don't do that. I put together a newsletter. Maybe now I need to take info from the newsletter and put it on this so-called "blog." It's a thought. The more time that goes by between posting something here on this news page/blog, the less I feel like changing that, which would seem to imply that I spend time thinking about this, when in fact, I don't.
In any case, here's something that needs sharing, and seems to insist on its own dedicated space. Yesterday, Tupelo Quarterly launched its first issue, and I'm proud to have my story "An Uncle" in it. The lit mag promises to be fabulous, with Jessamyn Smith as editor and Elizabeth Eslami as senior prose editor. This is TQ's foray into prose, and I'm thrilled to have been asked to contribute something.
Happier still, to have Elizabeth Eslami's comments about my story, which appeared on the TQ Facebook page today. She's a fine writer and astute editor, and that makes her remarks all the dearer. Here's what she said:
I love this story…Where “An Uncle” succeeds, for me, is voice, which is so hard to pull off and which she does so beautifully. And that’s where this story has to live or die, because…nothing much happens except the cracking open of a window into this girl’s life. She’s clearly at a transitional age, and Peg nails that shift, from a narrator who slaps Barbies against her sister’s arms to one who lets her mind go there, romanticizing that uncle who isn’t so much older than she is. Antonya Nelson writes about making the most of transitional ages, not only capitalizing on their “built-in” associations – first periods, dating, sex – but especially working against those associations, and damned if Peg doesn’t do that. There are a million ways she could have been predictable here, but she isn’t. What is real is a pre-teen who at once doubts she’ll be able to learn those dances but who also has the maturity and prescience to simply smile with the hope that Uncle Lew will see her, that something like a smile will shape how he sees her. …I truly think this is one of our best stories, one that I’m proud to publish in the first issue.
"One of our best stories," she says. Thanks so much to Liz, Jessamyn, and TQ. I'm inordinately fond of this story, for reasons I don't care to analyze, and so happy that it's had some readers.