October 2013

Boo! Mark: The PEN Staff Picks Their Favorite Scary Lit

Oh, the horror! The PEN staff picks the stories and poems that have kept them up all night. Click on the pictures of PEN staff members in their best Halloween getups and get ready to be terrified. Happy Halloween!

Writers' Reel: Ta-Nehisi Coates On Writing And Failure

"Breakthroughs come from putting an inordinate amount of pressure on yourself and seeing what you can take and hoping that you grow some new muscles," says Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch the award-winning senior editor of The Atlantic and MIT professor Ta-Nehisi Coates talk candidly about his own battle with stress and how writing is closely related to the act of failure.

Bookmark This: Faulkner's Best Writing Advice

Bookmark this Huffington Post list of William Faulkner's best writing advice. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Writing is not about the author, but the product.
Faulkner said in an interview with Paris Review:

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Call To Action: CAMBODIA

Yorm Bopha, a lands rights activist and protest song writer, is currently serving a three-year sentence – of which one year was suspended upon appeal. Arrested on 4 September 2012, Bopha was convicted of “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” under Article 218 of the Cambodian Criminal Code on 27 December 2012.