Writers Dispatch, Issue 3

September 29, 2014 • ISSUE 3 • News, Notes, & Events for Writers

Welcome to issue 3 of Writers Dispatch, brought to you by Small Print Magazine.


Photo courtesy of Amtrak

Photo courtesy of Amtrak

Amtrak Residency offers 24 writers a desk during a long train ride | Art Beat | PBS NewsHour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/amtrak-residency-offers-24-writers-long-train-ride/

Still from the TV series Outlander

The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means | MOON IN GEMINI http://debravega.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/the-strong-female-character-i-do-not-think-that-means-what-some-people-think-it-means/


PRSS Digital Magazine Platform Acquired By Apple | TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/23/prss-digital-magazine-platform-acquired-by-apple/

Ten Blogs and Websites Every Indie Author Should Know | Indies Unlimited http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/07/17/ten-blogs-and-websites-every-indie-author-should-know/

You’ve Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why – Helping Writers Become Authors http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/09/writing-sentences-wrong.html

Acclaimed writer Chris Abani reads work at Writer’s House.  Article by Lin Lan.  http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2014/09/acclaimed-writer-reads-work-at-writers-house

Should indie authors conform with the trade? | Self-Publishing Advice http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/standards/

Top Productivity Tips For Writers by Frances Booth http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbooth/2014/09/25/top-productivity-tips-for-writers/

End of the Writer/Teacher? | Andrew Cotto http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-cotto/end-of-the-writerteacher_b_5878652.html

Who Pays Writers? Scratch Magazine’s list of paying markets.http://whopays.scratchmag.net/

David Carr: By the Book – By Pamela Paul (Photo: Earl Wilson / The New York Times) NYTimes.com

In a new Insider feature, Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, extends the “By the Book” column to Times writers and editors.

David Carr talks to Pamela Paul about his reading habits, books he enjoys, and writers he admires.



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

Sept. 28, 2014

This week, Matt Richtel discusses “A Deadly Wandering”; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Mark Edmundson talks about “Why Football Matters”; 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/

Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North — Bookworm — KCRW http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/richard-flanagan-the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north


I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty ISBW #332 – Feedback – The Murverse Annex http://murverse.com/isbw-332-feedback/ (same as last week)


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.

Episode 163: Ghost

Craig loves the 1990 blockbuster Ghost. John? Ditto. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost set the template for the modern romantic drama. It was Twilight before Twilight, Titanic before Titanic. It won hearts, weekends and Oscars, including best screenplay.

We tackle Ghost scene-by-scene, imagining all the terrible notes that must have come up in development, and how fixing some of the film’s shortcomings would have created new problems. Ghost isn’t perfect, but it’s remarkably good — and worth taking a closer look.

September 23, 2014




National Novel Writing Month

From now until NaNo, we’ll provide resources to inspire, challenge, and prepare you to write that novel. Look to our blog, forums, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on new stuff, or bookmark this page (we say put it right on your browser bar so you remember your noble noveling intentions).


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

Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights



Ginosko Literary Journal #15 online

Small Print Magazine seeks Creative Nonfiction.


Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 15 is available as a free PDF download.


Tahoma Literary Review, Issue 1 is available in print and efile formats. Some efiles are free.




Pati Hill, Author Turned Artist of the Photocopier, Dies at 93 – NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/arts/pati-hill-an-author-turned-artist-dies-at-93.html

J. California Cooper, Prolific Writer, Dead at 82 – ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/california-cooper-prolific-writer-dead-82-25706085


The Atlantic shuts down The Wire | Poynter. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/270891/the-atlantic-shuts-down-the-wire/


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