Web Finds: Writing Tips, Online Communities, Artivism & More

Film:

A poem about rejection that any artist should be able to relate to.

Some tips on screenwriting from Shadow & Act (that tip on dialogue is everything, I’m learning the importance of subtlety in art)

As a writer working on a project that may be a bit self-indulgent and may be told through multiple mediums, Terence Nance is definitely an inspiration. And I relate to his idea of “the Swarm.” Read this recent S&A interview to see what all I’m talking about.

Literary:

I’ve been in a few online book clubs, none successful.  But I came across an active online book club with a focus on fiction by people of color.  I can’t join because of my reading schedule, but you should consider if you’re looking for a reading community.

My brother is pretty cool, glad there are other people who can say the same (featuring a black feminist reading list)

There’s so much in this interview: beautiful photos of Toni Morrison (some with her family), proof that artists are intent on feeling our full range of emotions, and affirmation for those who have questions about love

Other:

Need some friends who love science fiction? Check out the Black Science Fiction Society.

A call to artists (say it in your work!):


Particularly if you come from poor communities, you come from black communities in this country and you see a casual, systemic indifference to black life…you have to respond.  It’s in your own self interest, it’s not even outstanding or courageous, it’s a survival issue.  Either we gonna fix this or we gonna just agree to be slaves.  And that don’t honor nothing that we ever been about — it don’t honor the legacy of everybody that came before us. -Yasiin Bey

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