Call for Submissions: Writers, Artists, Musicians, Makers, and You

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Seedpod Publishing’s first enhanced anthology is slated for release later this year. Billed as an unconventional literary/arts project, it promises to pair authors of contemporary short fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir with artists, craftspeople, and makers working a broad set of disciplines and media to create an multidisciplinary literary experience.

Guidelines are at seedpodpublshing.com. Seedpod Publishing’s submission deadline is June 30.

Full disclosure: Diane J. Wright is co-founder and publisher at Seedpod Publishing as well as the managing editor of The Story Spot.

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Is Screenwriting Dead? From JohnAugust.com.

Self-explanatory title, no? Here are some choice bits. Check out johnaugust.com for the full meal deal.

I had a president of production ask for a free rewrite before he gave it to his chairman. Not a polish. He had notes. True multi-week notes. That doesn’t strike me as a producer’s polish. That strikes me as flat-out abusive.

…that seems to be what people want. If I can’t magically say, “Yes, here is my crystal ball, it outperforms THE HUNGER GAMES, don’t worry about it,” they just shut me down.

I know a lot of young writers in my general boat, and to be honest I think all of us are trying to get out of features and into TV.

There is it. Read it and weep.

Is Screenwriting Dead? from johnaugust.com

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Great Characters, A List

Scott Myers of “Go Into the Story” — a regular feature here in our “From The Literati” feed and contributor to “The Screenwriting Blog of the Black List” — gives us yet another treat. His Great Characters list revisits some of the most memorable and well-drawn fictional characters in cinema history. It’s a fun and instructive quickie refresher in what separates good from great.

Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity"

This week’s Great Character? Phyllis Dietrichson (played by Barbara Stanwyck) of Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler’s 1944 gem “Double Indemnity”. Myers’ looks at the femme fatale in all her glory and highlights dialogue from the film that will make the subtext lover in you weep with shame.

The Screenwriting Blog of the Black ListRead “Great Character: Phyllis Dietrichson (“Double Indemnity”)” on “The Screenwriting Blog of the Black List”

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Science is on the Storyteller’s Side

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

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Literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall gives us a peek into the ways that scientific inquiry is beginning to validate our innate connection to stories.

In his new book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, Gottschall offers what he dubs “the first unified theory of storytelling”: validated proof from neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology that the more absorbed we readers are in a story, the more the story changes us.

We writers know this intrinsically but it’s nice to have the skeptics on board every now and again.

 

 

Co.Create“Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon” at Fast Company’s Co.Create.com

Purchase on Amazon.comThe Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall on Amazon.com

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