Author Archives: James Goldberg

2014 Mormon Lit Blitz: Voting and Controversies

Voting You have two days left to cast your vote in the 2014 Mormon Lit Blitz. Will this be the year when fiction finally breaks the iron grip of poetry on the Lit Blitz crown? Will a male writer break … Continue reading

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Writing Church History

A few weeks ago, I saw someone post a comment on Facebook about “the suits” in the Church History Library and how they tell Mormon history. About the same time, I officially became one of those suits: I now commute … Continue reading

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August Insanity Updates

We’ve been running a [b]racket over on the Mormon Lit Blitz page in which sixteen works face off against each other in an event we’re calling August Insanity. With just five matches to go, here’s how things look: In the … Continue reading

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August Insanity

August is upon us, and you know what that means–time to fill out your MoLit Brackit:   That’s right. For your local gambling pool or Church auxiliary, we’ve set up a fantasy tournament between sixteen works of Mormon Literature specifically … Continue reading

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Report on the 1st Annual EMW Writers’ Master Class/Retreat

On June 27-29, we held a writing class/retreat a a beautiful cabin just outside Heber, Utah. You can see the agenda here to get a rough sense of what we did (though we shortened some sessions to make more time … Continue reading

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Sex in Young Adult Novels

My current novel draft is realistic contemporary YA fiction, and so I’ve been reading a lot of realistic contemporary YA novels lately. For the most part, I’ve been impressed with what people have recommended to me: I’m finding YA authors … Continue reading

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Reminder: Mormon Writing Class/Retreat Application Deadline

A quick reminder: applications for the Everyday Mormon Writer retreat/writing class, to be held June 27-29 near Heber, Utah, are due by late o’clock tomorrow night (31 May). An agenda and application instructions are available on A Motley Vision. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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A Live Reading, the Lit Blitz, and our Master Class Application

Confession: I have mixed feelings about writing as a technology. On the one hand, I’m amazed by how abstract marks on a page or screen can evoke the voice of a person thousands of miles–or years–away. Writing does a wonderful … Continue reading

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My experience with self-publication (so far)

We’ve talked a fair amount on this blog about the publishing aspects of Mormon Lit. Wednesday, Darrel Nelson wrote about his experience as an LDS author with a Christian-market publisher. For three years, Chris Bigelow arranged a regular Publishers’ Corner … Continue reading

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Mormon Lit Blitz Deadline Extended

Announcement: the deadline for Mormon Lit Blitz submissions (of works under 1,000 words that will speak to language-loving LDS readers) has been extended to April 27th. Any help spreading word about the contest would be greatly appreciated. Below, I’ve included … Continue reading

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