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The Heart & the Cupboard

Posted on Fri, Mar 6 2015 9:00 am by Michael Bazzett

Writers like the word craft. I think this stems in part from the notion that the writer-as-carpenter can fix a sentence like a broken cupboard. The modest task of attempting to speak the unspeakable becomes a bit more tactile when invoking the lexicon of tool and two-by-four. Craft ensures that the structure is true, so it can hold things on the level, snugged inside its cupboard with a gentle click.

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Waxing Poetic at the Loft

Posted on Thu, Mar 5 2015 9:00 am by Valerie Cabrera

Emily Dickinson once said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” This week on the blog, we show poetry some appreciation by pointing you towards some poetic Loft events, where to get your poem-listening fix, and even a site that lets you turn tweets into poems.

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There Are No Rules. These Are the Rules.

Posted on Wed, Mar 4 2015 9:00 am by Peter Geye

I’ve learned only three definitive things in my short writing career. Short? When I think of it, I’ve been at this for almost thirty years. Almost thirty years?

Thing one: Writing is reading.

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Literary Roundup: Drop in Ebook Sales, the Art of the Last Sentence, and a Tribute to the Paperback Forefather

Posted on Tue, Mar 3 2015 9:16 am by Chris Jones

Today's roundup examines the drop in ebook sales, the art of the last sentence, and pays tribute to the paperback forefather, Aldus Manutius.

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AWP Comes to MSP!

Posted on Mon, Mar 2 2015 9:00 am by Lindsey Giaquinto

We know we have a powerhouse literary community in the Twin Cities, but, dare we say, it's about to get even better this April. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference is coming to Minneapolis, April 8-11! If you've never gone to this essential, annual gathering for writers, teachers, students, editors, publishers, and literary organizations (like yours truly), here's what you need to know.

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Loosely Literal: I Want A First-Edition Iliad, or I Want A Divorce

Posted on Fri, Feb 27 2015 9:00 am by Sally Franson

JENNIFER LOPEZ: (As Claire Peterson) This is a first edition? I can’t accept this. This must have cost a fortune.

RYAN GUZMAN: (As Noah Sandborn) It was a buck at a garage sale. One man’s trash...
 —Soundbyte from The Boy Next Door

"According to used books marketplace AbeBooks, since Lopez’s film was released, 'The Iliad, first edition' has been its top search term, ahead of To Kill A Mockingbird. —The Guardian

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Summer Youth Classes: John Green, Jane Austen, and Fandoms

Posted on Thu, Feb 26 2015 9:00 am by Valerie Cabrera

A spotlight on a couple of our awesomely creative and fun classes tailored for blossoming young writers. 

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5 Social Media Tips for Writers

Posted on Wed, Feb 25 2015 9:00 am by Vikki Reich

I’ve spoken with many writers who are reluctant to engage in social media even though they know that, at this point in time, having an online platform is essential to promoting their work. They feel it’s overwhelming—too much information, too fast and from too many sources—and a distraction that takes them from the their writing. Both of these things can be true but if you create your platform with intention and engage only in ways with which you feel comfortable, you will be in control of your life online.

So, how do you do that? Here are five quick tips to guide you.

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Literary Roundup: Defending Free Expression, Teen Publishing, Red House Winner, and a History of YA Lit

Posted on Tue, Feb 24 2015 9:01 am by Chris Jones

Today's roundup focuses on children's and young adult lit in honor of the Loft's CYA Conference (May 1–3, 2015), including defending free expression, teen publishing, the Red House Children's Book winner, and a history of YA.

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Audio Recording for Writers

Posted on Mon, Feb 23 2015 9:00 am by Kathryn Kysar and Steve Kaul

Given the shifting landscape of publication and distribution of books, savvy authors are looking for alternative ways to bring their writing to the public. Professional audio recording can open up new audiences for your writing, make your words come alive for listeners, build your career, and improve your future performances.

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