The Spring Green Literary Festival board of directors seeks to act as a catalyst in our
community for literary events that bring together and encourage
writers and readers. Listed below are links for encouragement,
inspiration, reading, and writing:
To celebrate the National Poem Month of April,
take a look at Poem
To celebrate National Poetry Month, we sent a
poem a day by e-mail for 30 days to anyone who asked to receive them.
Now, with over 25,000 subscribers, we are proud to continue with a
whole new series of daily poems. Each weekday, you will receive a poem
from some of the best poets in the world including Mark Strand, Sharon
Olds, and Laurie Sheck, as well as classics from Langston Hughes,
Robert Burns and more.
Sign up by going to The
Borzoi Reader/Poetry/Poem a Day page and go to the
"subscribe" bar on the left on the page.
Pamuk's acceptance speech for his 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature:
A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover
the second being inside him, and the world that makes him who he is:
when I speak of writing, what comes first to my mind is not a novel,
a poem, or literary tradition, it is a person who shuts himself up
in a room, sits down at a table, and alone, turns inward...
Faulkner's acceptance speech for his 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature:
[T]he young man or woman
writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in
conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only
that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
Literary Review: An on-line magazine of transgressive short
stories, essays, and poetry. The stories are well-written and
thought-provoking. Chosen the most important online literary journal by
the Stanford-based LOCKSS
Archiving Program. Disclosure:
the editor-in-chief of Absinthe Literary Review is a former member of
the board of directors of the Spring Green Literary Festival. The
inclusion of this hyperlink was not made at the request of the
editor-in-chief of Absinthe Literary Review.
and Letters Daily: Daily report of news in art and literature.
Includes reviews of new books, essays and articles. Updated 6 days a week.
"The daily digest of arts, culture and ideas." From their "About
Arts Journal" page:
"The site is a digest of some
of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world.
Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from more than 200
English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring
writing about arts and culture."
A website created by the owners of Powells, one of the largest independent
bookstores in the United States. Includes links to their blog and
newsletter, available for free to those who sign up.
Writer's Almanac: Important events in the lives of writers,
followed by a reading of the day. Introduction and reading by Garrison
Keillor, host of Prairie
Home Companion. The Writer's Almanac includes a link to
downloading and playing the daily offerings.
Writing, for the rest of us
Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing,
by Ted Kooser and Steve Cox.
Information on this book from the
Powell's bookstore website:
Unlike “how to write” books that
dwell on the angst and the agony of the trade, Writing Brave and Free
is upbeat and accessible. The focus here is the work itself: how to get
started and how to keep going, and never is heard a discouraging word
such as “no,” “not,” or “never.”
(National Novel Writing Month): Takes place in November. Tens of thousands
of people around the world sign up to do the seemingly insane and
certainly stupid: write a 50,000 word novel in a month.
Why do it? Here's Chris
Baty, the organizer:
"99% of us, if left to our
own devices, would never make the time to write a novel. It's just so
far outside our normal lives that it constantly slips down to the bottom
of our to-do lists. The structure of NaNoWriMo forces you to put away
all those self-defeating worries and START....
not to write a novel, by Anita Sethi in The
Write 50, 000 words calling your protagonist "Marla". What
a goddamn awful name! Go through the draft and change her name to
"Roshni". Done it? Idiot - the first name was so much
better. Change it back again!...
Write about your traumatised childhood and become trapped in a
prison of self-indulgent wallowing. Locate childhood diaries and
type them up...