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6 simple questions: shenandoah

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Shenandoah is…

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…one of the country's premier literary magazines.

Published by Washington and Lee University, Shenandoah literary magazine regularly has pieces selected to appear in Best American Short Stories, Best American Poems, Best American Essays, and Best American Spiritual Writing. Pieces appearing in Shenandoah have often been considered for - and have won - the O'Henry Prize and The Pushcard Prize, among many other honors and awards.

The list of authors who have published stories in Shenandoah is long and impressive, so rather than listing out all those authors here, we'll just take a look at what Shenandoah has to say about writing!

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6 simple questions: square books in oxford, mississippi

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Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi is…


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(from the Square Books website, because they say it best)
…a general independent bookstore in three separate buildings (about 100 feet apart) on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi and many great writers, including William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, and, for a time, both Willie Morris and John Grisham…Square Books is known for its strong selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers, a large inventory of reduced-price remainders, and its emphasis on books for children.  The store hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year.

If you find yourself passing through Oxford, Mississippi, make sure you find your way into Square Books!

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weekend writing thoughts: everything builds

Everything builds.

This has been one of the most valuable revelations I have ever uncovered - as pertains to literature, as pertains to life. Hopefully, it is a revelation that will help you as well.

Everything builds.

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6 simple questions: literary agent mollie glick

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Mollie Glick is…

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A literary agent with the ever-awesome Foundry Literary + Media.

She is open to current manuscripts - "I'm always on the hunt for my next big book. Right now I'd love to find
some high concept literary fiction in the mode of EDGAR SAWTELLE, THE AGE OF MIRACLES or SHINE SHINE SHINE. But I also love YA fiction and popular science."


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6 simple questions: nick hornby

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Nick Hornby is…


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….not only one of the world's most popular authors, but is also one of the world's most talented authors. His books include High Fidelity and About a Boy, and he has been awarded the E. M. Forster Award and the WH Smith Literary Award - among others. If you live in the U.K., you have certainly read and fallen in love with Nick Hornby; if you life in the U.S., you have probably read an fallen in love with Nick Hornby.

If you have not yet read and fallen in love with Nick Hornby, now would be a good time to do so.

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weekend writing thoughts: the value of reading

I'm sure I pay closer attention to the 6 Simple Questions series than anyone else; I mean, yeah - of course, right? I'm the one who contacts these people, who sends them the questions, who puts together the posts, etc. No one else is reading these posts as thoroughly as I am reading them - but I am hopeful that people are still reading them closely. I'm hopeful that those who show up on the site because, say, The New Yorker sent them here end up coming back again to see what Ploughshares has to say on these topics, or what T. C. Boyle has to say, and so on. I'm running this series in the hopes that people are catching on - in the hopes that they're saying, "Hey, there are a bunch of authors and bookstores and agents and literary publications and whatnot giving great advice every Tuesday and Wednesday; I'll mark my calendar and head over each Tuesday and Wednesday to see who's there on that day, and to see what I can learn from them."

And if you have been doing that, one thing you have probably noticed is this: a lot of these authors and agents and literary magazines and so on are giving the same advice. And that advice is that you should read. A lot. In fact, Junot Diaz's advice went so far as to say you should spend more time reading than writing. How about that?

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