Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

by Jody Strimling-Muchow   In only one year, Get Lit Beacon has become an indispensable part of my writing life. Just the chance to spend a couple of hours a month in a room full of people as passionate about words as I am is a gift. Add thought-provoking and inspiring guest speakers and the … Continue reading Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Kristen Holt Browning When Julie first asked me to blog for the Get Lit website, I had no idea what to write about. Every week, Julie or Flora give their insightful exchanges with authors both local and far-flung, or Ruta provides great behind-the-scenes peeks into the book publishing world. What could I offer? Well, … Continue reading A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

By Ruta Rimas When people think of children’s books, the first type that usually pops into mind is picture books, the often large-trimmed delights of young childhood, sometimes (but not always) read at bedtime. Most adult readers can fondly look back upon their youth and recall a few favorites books, the ones that transformed them … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

Lee McIntyre: Post-Truth & the Perfect Fraud of Deepfake Video

By Flora Stadler I remember once, back when I was a Very Serious Poet recently graduated from liberal arts college, I was talking to my mother about graduate school and she asked if I would consider journalism. “That’s also writing,” she’d said. “It’s not the same thing at all,” I replied, all righteous. But 10 … Continue reading Lee McIntyre: Post-Truth & the Perfect Fraud of Deepfake Video

Empathy for the Reader

by Kristen Holt Browning I’ve never been a fan of the “books are good for you” school of thought. Books are not broccoli, and poems won’t make you virtuous. Plenty of social scientists disagree with me. Recent studies found that readers of literary fiction do better at recognizing, understanding, and inferring others’ feelings and emotions, … Continue reading Empathy for the Reader