Storytelling Filter
  1. Thirteen Thoughts On Writing

    Paul Skenazy on writing, on the Brevity blog: “Defend your story; don’t give up on it. At the same time, accept that you actually don’t know what the story is that you can tell. It’s likely that what you thought is your story is not your story but a way to discover your story.”

    Authors
  2. CrimeReads

    From thrillers to mystery novels, CrimeReads — created by the Literary Hub team — explores the far reaches of the world of literary suspense with essays, reading lists, and more.

    Books
  3. The Illustrated Page

    Not sure which fantasy or science fiction title to pick up next? Sarah Waites reviews SFF books with an eye toward highlighting diverse authors and stories with a diverse cast of characters.

    Books
  4. The Orangutan Librarian

    A bookish blog featuring recommendations, lists, and other literary-minded posts, The Orangutan Librarian stays true to its name with a banana-based rating system for reviewed books.

    Books
  5. All The Way YA

    Seeking support, feedback, ideas, and tips for writing and publishing young adult books? Look no further than the community at All The Way YA, started by Jessica Kelley, an accountant by day and writer by night.

    Books
  6. Marvel, Gatekeeping and the ‘Problem’ with Avengers: Infinity War

    “If film should only be for stories which tell a complete picture across two or three films, then is cinema not restricting itself?” Pop-culture critic Tony Black defends the ambitiously hermetic Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Comics
  7. Silence Killed The Dinosaurs

    At Silence Killed the Dinosaurs, Australian writer and illustrator Lucy Grove-Jones publishes illustrated stories and comics about coping with life. (Aside from dinosaurs, cats make frequent appearances on her site, too.)

    Comics
    Illustration by Lucy Grove-Jones
  8. Art
  9. Nation of Second Chances

    More than 1,700 people were granted clemency during the Obama presidency. A Nation of Second Chances tells their stories in words and images, from the hardships of imprisonment to their attempts to rebuild their lives.

    Culture
  10. 28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball (2018)

    Scott Woods at Scott Woods Makes Lists compiles a sequel to his popular 2016 list of black picture books that aren’t about boycotts, buses, and basketball.

    Books
  11. The MFA Years

    Founded and edited by Caitlin Neely, The MFA Years follows the experiences of first and second year MFA candidates in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

    Academia
  12. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

    Authors
  13. “But in her very last post, in a poem that she wrote a quarter of a century ago, Le Guin left us with what often seems like the only possible answer: ‘And I will honor only / my people, the powerless.’”

    Authors
  14. History: the Ghost at the Feast

    “Real life very rarely supplies us with strong, convincing narratives so we create our own in order to give ourselves a sense of purpose and meaning.” Ben Newmark contemplates the teaching of history and creating our own narratives on a personal and larger scale.

    Education
  15. Writer Resolutions For The New Year (And How You Can Achieve Them)

    K.M. Allan offers other aspiring authors tips for sustainable writing resolutions to keep in 2018 and beyond, from celebrating success to building healthy habits.

    Authors