Writers Dispatch, Issue 5

October 13, 2014 • ISSUE 5 • News, Notes, & Events for Writers

Welcome to issue 5 of Writers Dispatch, brought to you by Small Print Magazine.



Print Books Outsold Ebooks In First Half Of 2014 by Claire Fallon | The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/ebooks-print-books-outsold_n_5940654.html

I’m Not Not Telling the Truth by Penny Guisinger | Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog http://brevity.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/im-not-not-telling-the-truth/

Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon by Kirk Johnson | The New York Times | http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/us/homeless-outreach-in-volumes-books-by-bike-for-outside-people-in-oregon.html?_r=0

Author Dave Eggers Calls for Ethical Parameters on Tech at Stanford Event |  Stanford News | http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/october/eggers-circle-talk-101014.html

French Writer Patrick Modiano Wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature | The Guardian | http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/09/patrick-modiano-wins-nobel-prize-for-literature

Can You Use a Book Title That’s Been Used Before? by Brian Klems | Writer’s Digest | http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/can-you-use-a-book-title-thats-been-used-before

The Write Life Presents: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014 | http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2014/

What Do Booksellers Read? by Margret | BookRiot | http://bookriot.com/2014/10/03/booksellers-read/

The Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em Dash: Modern prose doesn’t need any more interruptions—seriously.
| Noreen Malone | Slate | http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2011/05/the_caseplease_hear_me_outagainst_the_em_dash.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction | Richard Nordquist | About.com | http://grammar.about.com/od/60essays/a/modnonfiction.htm

65 Top Websites to Announce Your Book for FREE | Savvy Writers & e-Books online | http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/63-top-websites-to-announce-your-book-for-free/

What Writing Looks Like by Christina Surretsky | http://christinasurretsky.com/2014/10/06/what-writing-looks-like/


Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month begins on November 1. Stop by Nano Prep to get your, well, prep.


A Way with Words is a public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family. http://www.waywordradio.org/

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast – NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/ref/books/books-podcast-archive.html?pagewanted=all

Oct. 10, 2014
This week, Caitlin Moran discusses “How to Build a Girl”; John Williams has news from the literary world; Katha Pollitt talks about “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights”; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Pamela Paul is the host.

Bookworm Hosted by Michael Silverblatt
Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations. http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/

Charles Burns: Sugar Skull | This is the third in a trilogy of graphic novels by Burns in which the seemingly normal happenings of his protagonist Doug’s life take an unsettling Freudian turn. | http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/charles-burns-sugar-skull

I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty ISBW #332 – Feedback – The Murverse Annex http://murverse.com/isbw-332-feedback/ (This episode is the same as last week while Mur has her Mac in for repairs, but there are many episodes to listen to on the website.)


Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.


Toxic Perfection Syndrome
Scriptnotes: Ep. 165

Craig and John discuss that delusional period in which you’re convinced your script is the best thing ever written — and the inevitable heartbreak when someone tells you it isn’t. (TPS is close cousins to the Oscar Speech in the Shower.)

Also this week: SF terms and tropes, Adam Sandler’s Netflix deal, and what the WGA should focus on.




Absolute Write Water Cooler (hosted by absolutewrite.com, Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5)

This is a very active online forum where everything related to writing is covered.


Crime Scene Questions for Writers (Yahoo group)

A forum for asking and answering crime scene investigation, applied forensics, and police procedure questions for fiction or non-fiction writers. Writers are invited to ask and crime scene investigators, forensic scientists, and medical practitioners are invited to answer. Of course, experienced writers are invited to help the newer ones and each other. [WD note: This forum should prove useful for all writers. You’ll need a Yahoo account to join this group.]



Prairie Schooner

Reading period: September 1 to May 1
Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. NO simultaneous submissions.
For more information, see: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit

Ginosko Literary Journal

2nd Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest. $500 prize, $10 entry fee. Two pieces, 800 words each maximum. See: http://ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/contest.htm for more information.

Small Print Magazine

Small Print Magazine seeks Creative Nonfiction.


Raymond Wong Memoir

Raymond Wong, whose creative nonfiction and book reviews appear in Small Print Magazine, has released his memoir I’m Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence (Apprentice House). See: https://smallprintmagazine.com/im-not-chinese-the-journey-from-resentment-to-reverence/



Writer, professor Rick Hillis, 58, dies in Texas | The DePauw http://www.thedepauw.com/news/view.php/851046/Writer-professor-Rick-Hillis-58-dies-in-

Dundee actor and writer Peter Grimes dies after long illness | The Courier  http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/dundee-actor-and-writer-peter-grimes-dies-after-long-illness-1.613542

German author Siegfried Lenz dies, aged 88 | DW http://www.dw.de/german-author-siegfried-lenz-dies-aged-88/a-17980434

 Struggle author Chris van Wyk dies at 57 | Eyewitness News http://ewn.co.za/2014/10/04/Struggle-author-Chris-van-Wyk-dies


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