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This Saturday in Austin, The Texas Observer is holding its second annual Writers’ Festival, which is free and open to the public. The event goes from 11:30 – 6:00 at the very funky and cool Pine Street Station (5th & Waller, just a block from good old WriteByNight). Six panels inside, and outside will be free beer and wine, tamales, book sales and sponsor tables (including good old WriteByNight).

Our headliner is local author Sarah Bird, Read More »


This week’s past life writings comes from Christine Faris, who as a middle-schooler took a trip to a decrepit movie theater and wrote a story based on the experience.

Because that’s what we have to do, folks. As we’ve written about before, writers need to step out of their comfort zone now and then to experience different settings, different people, different ideas. A simple trip to the supermarket may seem like nothing more than an annoyance, but if you keep your writer’s eye open, that irritating errand could instead turn into the basis for a solid short story. Or even a classic poem.

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USA Today runs a list of the Top 100 Best-Selling Books of 2010. I got all the way to #13 before I threw up in my mouth. If any of you can make it to the end in one sitting, you have all of my respect. Outside of the classics like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, there are less than ten books here that I wouldn’t wipe my ass with. How ’bout y’all? Read More »

Ladies and gents, it’s official–our Indian River County (Vero Beach, FL) winter creative writing workshop has reached critical mass. But. But! There are still a couple of open seats, so if you want in, speak by Monday the 17th or forever hold your peace.

(Or at least, hold your peace until 2012, as the winter workshop will be our only Florida offering of 2011.)

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Writers write and grow. That’s what we do. Oftentimes, it feels like that’s all we do. So, in an effort to celebrate what we’re good at, send us work from your childhood or teenage years for inclusion in our newest online series: Writings From a Past Life. We’ll post it here on our blog, and across all the major social media channels.
You know you were a prodigy. Now the world will know too.

The first installment, “The Expendable 38,” comes from WriteByNight owner Justine Tal Goldberg. Goldberg wrote this little story at the ripe age of 13. Her teenage angst was just beginning to sprout. Believe us, it got worse from there. Read More »