August 2013


Last week, I had my Final Review with The Mark Program.  Amazingly, they told me they wouldn’t change a thing; it was perfect, genius, revolutionary.  They introduced me to a top agent and publisher on the spot, who offered me a $100,000 advance on top of a healthy percentage of royalties.  They said they wouldn’t be surprised if the Pulitzer was next.
Okay, not really.

Writers Reel: Henry Miller Asleep & Awake

In this 1975 short documentary "Henry Miller Asleep & Awake" writer Henry Miller takes a tour of his bathroom and his life.

Miller guides us through his bathroom, covered with photos and drawings collected by the author. He points out the highlights of both this gallery and his life in this documentary by Tom Schiller.

PEN Center USA Craft Sessions

PEN Center USA aims to provide the literary community with versatile, generative, genre-based Craft Sessions. PEN Craft Sessions focus on the art of writing by exploring a specific element of craft, pedagogy, or publishing.

Past instructors have included Charles Yu, Roxane Gay, Carmiel Banasky, David Francis, Bret Anthony Johnston, Mark Sarvas, Terry McMillian, Doug Kearney, Chris L. Terry, and others.

Bookmark This: George Saunders on Kindness


George Saunders gave a convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. We love this speech about the importance and complexity of kindness. Here's an excerpt pulled from the 6th Floor Blog on the New York Times.

"Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place."