Joshua Demaree is a creative nonfiction writer and a literary community organizer. Along with Emma Eisenberg, Joshua is a co-founder of Blue Stoop, a hub for literary Philly. Blue Stoop offers rigorous creative writing workshops as an MFA alternative with the express goal of opening up a physical space dedicated to literary culture in the greater … Continue reading Building Creative Community in the MFA and Beyond: A Conversation with Blue Stoop’s Joshua Demaree
This interview was conducted over email during the Fall of 2018. I don't know if the right word to use is 'stumble' when YesYes Books has been publishing for close to a decade, but I stumbled across their booth at an AWP conference two years ago and have been an avid reader of their publications … Continue reading A Wild Circus in the Back Room: An Interview with KMA Sullivan of Vinyl and YesYes Books
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron: This classic self-help recovery for creatives book has given me back my sealegs after beginning the MFA. Fighting imposter syndrome, feeling creatively blocked, wondering whether or not poetry is a worthwhile pursuit? This book's week by week readings and activities get me out of my head. Right now I'm … Continue reading What We’re Reading
We tend to idealize the writing marathon. Such a delicious, romantic image of writing all day, so into your craft you forget to eat etc. But suppose you do get that one day to make up for all the others you missed, how do you make the marathon (6+ hour chunks of writing time) … Continue reading Five Tricks to Succeed and Survive the Writing Ultra-Marathon (10-16hrs)
Nothing gets rejected faster than unsubstantiated stereotypes
Dear writers, far and wide, the minnesota review is now reading submissions! From now until November 1st, we will be looking at your prose and poetry submissions from our round table (actually, kind of a lopsided, hallow square) of dedicated editors. Since 1960, the minnesota review has published a range of talented writers from every … Continue reading We’re Reading!
As writers, we have what would appear to be a very easy job: float through life, and wait for the muse. Forget the crafting, forget the editing – the worst part of writing is just starting.Usually my writing process follows a very similar trajectory: wait for weeks, think about needing to write something, wait another … Continue reading If You’re Stuck, Wait It Out – Advice from an Editor