Many of us here at Dead Darlings are off to the annual GrubStreet Muse and the Marketplace writers’ conference today, where we’ll drink from the fountain of writerly knowledge. Three whole days to talk, live, and breathe books? Yes, please!
But not before I share this week’s literary and Grubbie links. (And Beyoncé, of course.)
- Not only does GrubStreet put on an amazing writers’ conference, they provide learning opportunities year-round in the form of classes and incredible content such as this series on writing & publishing as a person of color. In the first installment, editor Cherise Fisher “pulls away the blinders” from her colleagues to reveal a shocking oversight.
- Eson Kim shares practical tips on making writing buddies in a very short time, sometimes by accident in her audio post: Sound Skeins: The Kindness Connection at Writing Conferences.
- What can an editor do? In this piece from Financial Times (that’s 3 finance-focused pieces this week on Dead Darlings, weird), writers discuss how an editor brings the writer’s work squalling into the world.
- Favorite new thing alert: Thick Skin is an interview series featuring authors talking about negative reviews, from critics and (anonymous) readers alike, such as this from author Laura van den Berg: “The worst things critics have ever said about my work pale in comparison to the worst things I’ve said to myself.”
- If you, like me and a million of my fellow fans, are obsessed with the genius that is Beyoncé and Lemonade, check out this list of what to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade.’