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A Writer On Writing: San Francisco And Writer’s Digest

Sally Jenkins dips into an American writing magazine.

I’m back!

I had my bike ride – it was across the Golden Gate Bridge and I had my icecream – in the heart of San Francisco.

Amongst many other things we visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It contains a video installation that explores the art of story telling ‘without a beginning or an end and with no character or plot development’. I’m sure if we tried this as writers our work would be swiftly rejected. Maybe it’s different in the art world…

I also bought a copy of the US writing magazine ‘Writer’s Digest’. It seemed quite thin compared to our own Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum but there are a few things of interest on its website:http://www.writersdigest.com/

•A series of writing prompts – responses of up to 500 words can be posted on the site or you could just use them to kick-start your own writing.

•Various competitions such as one here for a 1500 word story.

•Writing Tips. http://www.writersdigest.com/tip-of-the-day

•Writing articles cargorised by genre such as Romance, Horror, Memoir etc.

So, if you fancy an insight into the US writing scene, take a look at the site.


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