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Beowulf Epic Poem Has a Single Author Say Researchers

  • Beowulf is the longest epic poem written in Old English. The medieval poem tells the tale of the hero Beowulf and his battles against the monster Grendl and Grendl's mother. The epic poem consists of over 3,000 lines. It has a single author despite its length according to a new study. Read more... April 14, 2019

  • Oprah's Book Imprint to Publish Alicia Keys' Autobiography

  • Alicia Keys has written an autobiography and it will be published by Oprah Winfrey's book imprint, An Oprah Book. The imprint from Flatiron Books - a division of Macmillan - was first announced in 2015. Alicia's book, More Myself, is described as part autobiography and part narrative documentary. Alicia wrote the book with Michelle Burford, a founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. Read more... April 10, 2019

  • OpenAI Group Won't Release Dangerous AI Text Generator

  • The OpenAI group created an AI called GPT-2 that is capable of generating full articles from just a couple human-written sentence prompts. OpenAI says GPT-2's writing samples "feel close to human quality and show coherence over a page or more of text." The AI could be used to write news articles, reviews, fiction and other types of content based on just a little bit of input. Read more... March 27, 2019

  • Wattpad Launches Book Publishing Division

  • Wattpad is known to many as a writing community and a fanfiction destination. The company is now entering the book publishing realm with the announcement of Wattpad Books. This will be the company's first direct publishing division. Wattpad Books will launch this fall. Read more... March 20, 2019

  • Authors Guild Survey Reveals Declining Earnings for Writers

  • A new survey from The Authors Guild shows a steep decline in earnings for authors over the past decade. The Authors Guild's 2018 Author Income Survey includes data from over 5,000 U.S. authors. It found author incomes have fallen to a median of $6,080. This is a drop of 42% from 2009. Read more... January 7, 2019

  • Mark Twain Offers Sage Advice to Young Writer in Famous Letter Up for Auction

  • A famous letter by Mark Twain offering writing advice is up for auction. The 1881 letter is from Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) to a young 21-year-old writer named Bruce W. Munro. In the letter, Twain offers some sage advice on writing he has learned over the years. Read more... September 5, 2018

  • Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Emily Dickinson Sitcom

  • Hailee Steinfeld will play American poet Emily Dickinson in an upcoming series ordered by Apple. Variety reports that Alena Smith will be writer and executive producer of the series. David Gordon Green will direct and executive produce. It is a straight-to-series order meaning a full first season will be produced for Apple. Read more... May 30, 2018

  • Anne Frank's Hidden Diary Pages Revealed

  • Anne Frank kept two pages of her diary covered up with brown gummed paper. Researchers used new technology to make this hidden text legible. It turns out that Anne kept dirty jokes and sex education information on the pages. Read more... May 16, 2018

  • John Yau Wins 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize

  • John Yau is the winner of the 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize. Yau is a poet, art critic and professor at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. The Jackson Poetry Prize is an annual $60,000 poetry prize given to an American poet by Poets & Writers. Read more... May 14, 2018

  • George R.R. Martin Says The Winds of Winter Will Not Be Released in 2018

  • George R.R. Martin warns that winter is not coming in 2018. This is not a weather forecast but news that The Winds of Winter - the sixth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" - will not be released this year. Variety notes that Martin's fans have been waiting since 2011 for a new novel. Martin's readers have urged him to write faster. There was even a hilarious video released in 2012 encouraging him to write like the wind. Read more... April 26, 2018

  • How Many Words is That?

  • A frequently asked question is how many words are there in a short story, novel, thesis paper, etc. It is easy to get a quick word count for your own story or paper, but writers and students also understandably want to know how long a certain type of writing is. There is not always a standard length but there are length parameters that different types of writing fit in. Below we have listed some standard word counts for different types of writing. We have also given explanations for these lengths below. Read more... April 16, 2018

  • Motivate Yourself to Write Daily with 750 Words

  • Some writers need nudging and motivation to write especially if writing is starting to feel more like work than it should. A site called 750 Words was created to help motivate writers ti do what they do best and learn to write every day. The name of the site comes from the fact that 750 words is equal to about three pages of writing and the goal of the site is to learn to write that much every day. Read more... March 26, 2018

  • Joss Whedon Exits Batgirl Over Lack of a Story

  • Joss Whedon is exiting the Batgirl film project at Warner Bros. His exit comes nearly a year after he took on the project last March. Whedon was going to be writer/director of a film about Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. Read more... February 23, 2018

  • Henry Holt Rushes Fire and Fury Into Bookstores After Trump Legal Threat

  • Henry Holt is expediting publication of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury book about the Trump White House. Early excerpts from the book have already ignited a firestorm and damaged the relationship between President Trump and Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign ceo and White House Chief Strategist. Trump's personal attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Henry Holt in a last-minute attempt to quash publication of the book. This legal strategy failed. The publisher is speeding up the release date instead. Read more... January 4, 2018

  • Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk?

  • "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" is a riddle proposed by the Mad Hatter during a tea party in Lewis Carroll's classic 1865 novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice was unable to answer the riddle because there was no answer. The Mad Hatter admitted as much. When Alice said she couldn't answer it the Mad Hatter finally admitted the riddle has no solution. He said, "I haven't the slightest idea!" Read more... December 15, 2017

  • George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

  • American writer George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He is the second U.S. author to win the award which carries a £50,000 cash prize. The winner was announced by Lola Young, the 2017 Chair of Judges, at a dinner at London's Guildhall. Lincoln in the Bardo is Saunders' first full-length novel. Read more... October 17, 2017

  • Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

  • Kazuo Ishiguro has been named the winner fo the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ishiguro was born in Japan and then moved to England with his family. He has been writing critically acclaimed novels since 1982. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was based on his thesis. His latest novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015. Ishiguro's announcement is being much more well received than last year's winner, Bob Dylan. Read more... October 5, 2017

  • Fairy Tale Mark Twain Created for His Daughters Published as Children's Book

  • A previously unpublished fairy tale by Mark Twain has arrived in bookstores. The fairy tale, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, was built around an unfinished work by the famous writer. Twain invented the tale for his daughters in a hotel in Paris in 1879. Read more... September 27, 2017

  • Kim Jong Un's Dotard Insult Sends Americans Scrambling for Dictionaries

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un called U.S. President Donald Trump a "dotard" in his latest threat. The word quickly began trending on social media. The use of the word by the North Korean dictator had many consulting their dictionaries - or favorite dictionary website - to look up the word. Read more... September 21, 2017

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