5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer That Actually Work

Nico Ryan An interesting article by Nico Ryan for The Writing Cooperative Unfortunately, much of the existing advice for improving one’s writing is either far too generic (e.g., “Write with your heart!”), too simplistic (e.g., “You need to write everyday!”), and/or flat-out mistaken (e.g., “Never write in the first person!”) read more

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

'Ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.'   Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley…Read more Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

The brave & brilliant world of Emily Reynolds

A series of interesting conversations with interesting people Emily Reynolds is a London and Berlin-based journalist and author who writes about mental health, tech, science, and gender. She recently published her first book in the U.K. (coming to the U.S. in May): A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind. We caught up with her to…Read more The brave & brilliant world of Emily Reynolds

Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

Jonathan Franzen claimed he won’t write about race because of limited ‘firsthand experience’, while Lionel Shriver hopes objection to ‘cultural appropriation is a passing fad’. So should there be boundaries on what a novelist can write about? The Guardian asked Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Aminatta Forna, AL Kennedy, Philip Hensher and others give their point…Read more Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

By KAITLYN GREENIDGE September 24, 2016 When I was in graduate school, I remember a fellow writer bringing to a workshop a lynching scene. The writer was not black. He was, in fact, a Chinese-American man named Bill Cheng, who would go on to write a novel of the blues called “Southern Cross the Dog.” In class…Read more Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times