Sarah Treem Talks Unreliable Narrators

The conceit of Sarah Treem’s series The Affair is unreliable narration as remembered by the four main characters. She spoke with the New York Times about why she chose to tell the story of a frustrated author who finds inspiration in an affair in this way:

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Mara Brock Akil on the Writing Lessons in Dr. Seuss Books

Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter recently featured Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration she finds in Dr. Seuss:

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Kevin Barry Won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize

For his novel Beatlebone, Kevin Barry earned the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize for 2015. The prize, which celebrates “fiction at its most novel”, is open to British and Irish writers published in the UK.  Here he is sharing an excerpt.

Ali Smith earned the Goldsmiths in 2014 for her novel How to Be Both.

There’s a Free Screenwriting Seminar Happening on

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Scriptbully founder Michael Rogan, a former Hollywood screenplay reader, and author of the book Screenwriting Made (Stupidly) Easy, is offering a video seminar on how to craft a salable movie idea. Check it out at


LessonsLearned_Published Authors Share Hard-Earned Insights_peoplewhowriteOn Saturday, November 7th, authors Kerika Fields, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Melissa Walker, Ruiyan Xu, and I shared a few Lessons Learned from the publishing and self-publishing experience at the 2nd Annual BinderCon–a conference for women and gender non-conforming writers. Here’s a link to the handout we provided that includes everything from our learnings on how to find the right agent to managing jealousy of other writers’ successes. Happy New Year’s Eve, Writers.