After learning that Ursula K. Le Guin, my all-time favorite author, had recently published a new book of essays, I was inspired to go back to her speech at the 2014 National Book Awards, where she was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. It’s so well crafted and full of truth about writing and publishing that I thought readers would enjoy it as well. Plus, at just under 6 minutes, it’s fairly short. Enjoy!
(Look for this week’s #WeeklyWriterWisdom questions after the jump.)
This Week’s Questions: In her speech, Ursula talks about how readers in the near future will “need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.” In your opinion, what recently published authors and/or stories fit this description? What novels have you read this year that have opened your eyes because of the issues they address, the insights they offer, or the overall artfulness (quality of writing, imagination, characters, etc.) of the work? Do you hope to achieve something similar with your own writing? What other thoughts did you have while watching Ursula’s speech?
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