Is Labeling a Writer by Race or Ethnicity Too Reductive?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Nigerian-born author Chika Unigwe, who now lives in Belgium, states: “I’m African, and I never question my African identity. What I question sometimes are the expectations that come with being labeled an ‘African writer.’ What you are supposed to write, how you are supposed to write and so on. But then that is …

No Truth in Travel

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By James E. McWilliams AUSTIN, TEXAS: When news arrived that I’d received a modest advance for a book I was writing on global agriculture — published this month as Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong And How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by Little, Brown in the USA — my first thought was: “Where’s my passport?!?!” With the upfront …

Why Bangkok?

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Timothy Hallinan BANGKOK: Well, as a place to live, it is undoubtedly the most cheerful big city on earth. The Thai people somehow ingest the heat, the gasoline fumes, the permanent Gordian knot of traffic, the heartbreaking poverty, and through some form of internal alchemy turn it into broad, beautiful smiles and almost infinite compassion for the befuddled, sweating …

Bonus Material: How to Finish Your Novel

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Tim Hallinan learned the hard way about finishing a novel. Before becoming a published novelist, as he explains on his website, he had started three novels, but finished none of them, when his house burned down, destroying all of his manuscripts. “Naturally,” he writes, “I had backups of all my unfinished novels, and naturally, they were all in …

Bonus Material: Could This Be America’s Best Writing Conference?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka DALLAS, TEXAS: While it seemed like everyone else was at Comic-Con in San Diego fighting their way into preview screenings of Iron Man 2 and GI Joe, this past weekend I attended the fifth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference at the University of North Texas in Dallas. It was the third time I’ve gone and I …

Canada’s Suite101 Writers Profit, Expanding to France, Spain

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

by Craig Morgan Teicher VANCOUVER, B.C.: “I sometimes see us more like a service to writers than just a publication. We want to make them successful,” said Peter Berger, the German CEO of Suite101, a company whose online magazine features articles on, well, just about everything — from choosing the best fly-fishing vest to doing PR for a small business during a …

Bonus Material: 50 Web Sites to Improve Your Writing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

There are different schools of thought as to whether writing is a natural gift or something that can be taught and nurtured. What’s undeniable is that there are tens of thousands of people out there willing to offer you advice, some of who charge dearly for it. (Thank you MFA programs!) Fortunately, Smashing Magazine — an amazing site for Web …