The first-person essays boom: top editors on why confessional writing matters

A Slate piece on first-person writing has prompted debate in the digital media community. We asked editors at BuzzFeed, Jezebel and other leading sites to weigh in on the importance of such pieces – and why there is a gender divideOn Monday, Laura Bennett’s Slate piece on the boom of first-person essay writing sparked a fierce online debate between editors and writers: how can one best work between the vulnerability of a writer and the traffic goal of an editor? What’s the line between publishing someone’s personal experience and exploitation?In response to Bennett’s piece, we asked senior editors at several publications known for publishing first-person stories about what they value in them, how they look after their writers, and why it is that so many confessional stories seem to be written by women, and not men.This route to publication and a book/movie deal simply is not open for non-white womenAnd now Pollitt’s up at bat. Her three previous essay collections gathered brilliant commentary on welfare, abortion, surrogate motherhood, Iraq, gay marriage and health care, mostly from the pages of The Nation. But with “Learning to Drive,” she gets personal, and shameless. She has decided to wave her dirty laundry (among which she found unidentified striped panties) and confesses to “Webstalking” her longtime, live-in, womanizing former boyfriend. (Take that, you rat!) It’s hard to tell if she’s coming into her own, trying to sell more books or has lost it entirely. Or... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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How to write a book – top tips for National Novel Writing Month

Welcome to NaNoWriMo! MG Leonard (who wrote her first book Beetle Boy in six months, one hour a day) has tips on how to do it. And it starts with writing EVERY SINGLE DAY NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and takes place every November. It’s for anyone thinking about writing a... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Dr Gwen Adshead | 'I wanted to write something that could be read by a lay person'

"I have spent decades working with people who have caused horror and grief to others. I will tell horror stories in this book but I will also tell stories of change and recovery. It may surprise the reader that this is possible.” So writes forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Gwen... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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The Case for Writing a Memoir in Essays

When Sonja Livingston began to write about her life with an itinerant mother and six siblings in the raw corners of western New York, she wrote, she says, in snatches. “I wrote of living in apartments and tents and motel rooms. Of places where corn and cabbage grew in great swaths. Of the... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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Helen Macdonald | 'When I start writing [an essay], it always feels like a kind of puzzle'

Helen Macdonald follows her acclaimed début with an eclectic anthology, one which is overtly political Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Harper’s Bazaar Appoints First Woman of Color as Top Editor

Samira Nasr, a former Vanity Fair fashion director, is leaving Condé Nast to take a key job at Hearst Magazines. Continue reading at The New York Times

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Personal Space: Stephanie Danler Never Thought She Would Write This Memoir

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[ Literrary Hub | 2020-05-21 17:00:57 UTC ]
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Cambridge Opens an Essay Series, New Writings on the Pandemic

To 'provide a resource in time of need,' Cambridge University Press reaches out to its experts and specialists around the world for reflections on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The post Cambridge Opens an Essay Series, New Writings on the Pandemic appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. ... Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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Holly Jackson: 'My top writing tip is to study the craft of screenwriting'

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Personal Space: Alia Volz’s Writing Helped Her Family Heal

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Still a bad person after watching The Good Place? Michael Schur is writing a book for you.

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Paul Theroux wins top prize at Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

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Financial Times Names New Top Editor | People on the Move

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Photo Essay: Christy Awards 2019 and The Art of Writing Conference

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Ed Needham: ‘Top editors’ jobs have all vanished’

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Susan Kamil, a Top Book Editor and Publisher, Dies at 69

Salman Rushdie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Strout, Gary Shteyngart and Prince were among the authors she nurtured. Continue reading at The New York Times

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Ask the Editor: How to Write a Dynamite First Sentence

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Dear Will… creative writing courses matter more than ever (but not for the reasons you think)

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