by Lori A. May
Writing may be a solitary profession, but it is also one that relies on a strong sense of community. The Write Crowd offers practical tips and examples of how writers of all genres and experience levels contribute to the sustainability of the literary community, the success of others, and to their own well-rounded writing life. Through interviews and examples of established writers and community members, readers are encouraged to immerse themselves fully in the literary world and the community-at-large by engaging with literary journals, reading series and public workshops, advocacy and education programs, and more.
In contemporary publishing, the writer is expected to contribute outside of her own writing projects. Editors and publishers hope to see their writers active in the community, and the public benefits from a more personal interaction with authors. Yet the writer must balance time and resources between deadlines, day jobs, and other commitments. The Write Crowd demonstrates how writers may engage with peers and readers, and have a positive effect on the greater community, without sacrificing writing time.
Lori A. May is the author of The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students (2011) and Square Feet (2014). May’s creative and critical work has appeared in print and online with publications such as The Atlantic, Brevity, Colorado Review, Passages North, The Writer, and Writer’s Digest. She teaches in the University of King’s College (Halifax) creative nonfiction MFA program and is a frequent guest speaker at writing conferences and residencies. Visit www.loriamay.com for more about her.
Lori May’s ‘The Write Crowd’ is broken into 10 chapters showing writers how they can engage with community. She shares several examples and quotes from other writers who have experienced the power of community.
Writers often forget the importance of readers.I love that readers are given so much importance in the writer’s concept of a creative community.
The book includes appendices with books reviews and resource lists.
A great book for all avid readers and writers.
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