The 49 Writers Reading and Craft Talk Series presents Kathleen W. Tarr presenting On the Literary Road with Thomas Merton: Writing As a Pilgrimage. Held at the Indigo Tea Lounge on 530 E Benson Blvd #8 on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 PM.
This series will discuss how writers must often dance in the “clarity of perfect contradiction,” as the famous Trappist monk and bestselling writer,Thomas Merton observed. Writers work in quiet isolation, and yet confront and answer the impulse to hit the road, turning themselves into wanderers and explorers. Whether physically or metaphorically, writers become pilgrims.
In this 49 Writers Reading & Craft Talk Series event, author Kathleen Witkowska Tarr discusses her newly-released book, part-memoir, part-biography, We Are All Poets Here (VPD House, January 2018), a shared story about spiritual seeking, and a surprising literary pilgrimage.”
Martha Amore is currently a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she teaches English. Her latest release: In the Quiet Season & Other Stories explores the human landscape of Alaska. While the stories take place in modern-day towns, each is laced with a timelessness that comes from their roots in ageless issues: broken trust and heartbreak, hope and rebirth.
The expansive Alaska landscape infuses the stories with a unique chill, as tears freeze on eyelashes and mountain ranges form the backdrop for breakups. Although the people in Amore’s stories know how to survive Alaska’s cold terrain, these characters stumble when trying to navigate through their own lives and lost dreams.
“The characters in Amore's debut collection, In the Quiet Season and Other Stories, grapple with issues of trust and love—and sometimes in direct opposition to the expectations of the people in their lives. At their best, these wise and engaging stories radiate a surprising and redemptive light.”
Ron Spatz, editor of Alaska Quarterly Review
Our prayers go out to all the family and friends involved in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting today in Florida.
If you are a fiction writer, the Wilbur Smith Adventure Award could win you 15,000 British pounds. There are two categories: best published adventure novel (£15,000) and best non-published adventure manuscript (£7,000 grant). Criteria for submission can be found HERE.
Deadline is March 12, 2018.
For writers under the age of 21, there is a special category entitled, the Author of Tomorrow Award. This award focus on adventure short story and does not require a full novel-length manuscript submission. The winner of the Author of Tomorrow award will receive £1,500 and be digitally published with Worldreader.
If you've ever wanted to write fiction and didn't know where to start, The Balance has great tips for beginning writers. They have a concise list of important aspects in fiction as well links to in depth articles on each topic. This article starts with freewriting and short stories, then move into more well-known attributes like:
For authors that could use a good website with tips on beginning the writing process or opportunities for writing should consider, www.thewritelife.com which hosted a great article with 100 of the best writing websites, organized by topic. Authors can learn new tips, find new resources, and blogs on writing and improving the craft.