Filmed at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival in 2008, cult American writer David Sedaris reflects on some of the quirks of his homeland.
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The Writer’s Room Interviews is a new publication launched at the start of 2013 by Sydney-based author Charlotte Wood. In each issue Charlotte conducts an in-depth interview with a fellow author. “While most writer interviews appearing online or in mainstream media are necessarily focused on the promotion of new books, I would like these interviews to feel slower, calmer and deeper,” Charlotte says.
In this special extract from The Writer’s Room Interviews Issue 3, award-winning author Margo Lanagan shares her thoughts on starting out as an author, her writing routine and more.
ON STARTING OUT
“I embarked on the huge Fantasy Brick… it’s an exercise in over-world-building. [laughs] I built this incredible series of cultures and View Post
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1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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The Jim Henson Company are searching for an author to write a new novel set in the world of Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This new Dark Crystal novel will be a prequel story, set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering. The winning author will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group USA valued at $10,000*.
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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2013

Writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and other events for emerging and established writers. For full submission and entry information, please refer to the relevant websites.

The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency
offers residencies of one to six weeks to artists, poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers in Val David, Canada, 50 miles north of Montreal. Residents are provided with a private room and work space. To apply for a bursary for a October/ November residency, submit a 10-page work sample, a curriculum vitae, a project description, and two letters of reference by 1 July.

The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction. The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

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