Posted in Jobe Workshop Review

How to Be an Awesome Writer & Totally Kick Butt

I had the great pleasure of participating in LitFest this year by putting on a creative writing class for teens. Those young writers were absolutely stupendous and I had a fantastic time. Here’s the presentation I made for that class.

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I used Canva to make many of the quotes I share here
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I used this source and Google image searches

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Mental Floss
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Reedsy

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Jean Lane

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Natasha Lester
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Buzzfeed

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ShortList

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Writing Cooperative

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Jean Wilson Murray

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NY Book Editors
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Lit Hub
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The Millions

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Thought Catalog

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Inc.

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Studio Mothers

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Now Novel

 

Posted in diversity, Special Announcement

Diversity in Representation

In case you were looking for some totally badass female authors of color, here’s the newest from HuffPo interviewing Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl. I’ll add to the list two personal favorites, Octavia Butler and Ntozake Shange. Then HuffPo went and did it again with these 34 poets of color, kudos!!!

This reminded me to tell you about and recommend stellar poet Jericho Brown who I was blessed to hear perform when he visited UCA during my grad program. He is blowing up all over the internet from Poetry Foundation to Poetry SocietyPoets Dot Org to Poets & Writers; from NPR to PBS to Buzzfeed. He’s also featured on PEN America who are “at the intersection of Writers and Human Rights.” His accolades are piling up (which you can view on his wiki page) so be sure to check him out.

Meanwhile on another spoke of the diversity wheel, Zach Anner has some hilarious and insightful stuff to say about life and cerebral palsy: check out his awesome video, shared by Upworthy. His book If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is definitely going on my TBR list!

Love,
Jobe

Posted in Random Round Up

Random Round Up w Jobe

Has anyone tried to freelance full time? I am not envious of this path! But here’s a little laugh to lighten the mood, from Buzzfeed.

Curious about the publishing industry, specifically the work of the book agent? Lauren Sarner interviews industry pro Molly Friedrich: check it out here thanks to Inverse and Stephanie Vanderslice for spreading the word.

Need a pick-me-up? Kristian Wilson on Bustle recommends these 15 books to lift you up when you’re feeling low.

Featured Image from How Life Unfolds.

Posted in Random Round Up

Random Round Up w Jobe

Would you paint an entire wall in your house to read as the first page from a favorite book? This author did! Meredith McCardle, author of The Eighth Guardian and Blackout, did exactly that. Thanks to Buzzfeed for telling Goodreads for telling the Goodwill Librarian for telling me!

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Want to be inspired, or looking for your next great read? Check out these killer last lines shared by Epic Reads! This one was my favorite, so I screen-capped it:

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Rosarium Publishing is committed to diversity in literature. Check them out!

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Hope you enjoyed this Random Round Up! The featured image was found searching “random” on Google. Cheers!

-Jobe