Friday, August 27, 2010

Online classes, video lectures, and expat lit

Writer Abroad has had a busy month. Copywriting projects, memoir editing, and Zurich Writers Workshop planning. And of course, watching men play a sport that involves fishing poles, balls, and shovels (see photo). But don't worry, she hasn't forgotten about the Writer Abroad interview series, featuring prominent writers living outside their home countries. Another installment is coming up next week. But in the meantime, here are a few links you might find useful:

Andrew Craft, a writing instructor that helped me organize my memoir last year, has launched Where Writers Write. It's a website dedicated to helping writers find their voices and finish their stories. It's especially useful for writers abroad, as he's offering both online courses and a study abroad program in London.

Expat author Robin Pascoe has completed a series of video lectures on the challenges of living abroad. Topics include identity loss for an accompanying spouse, traditional career challenges, and challenges involved in moveable marriages. You can view the video series here.

Writer Anastasia Ashman asks a great question over on Expat + Harem: Expatriate Literature may often be stocked in the travel section. But does it deserve a shelf of its own? I think so. Especially now that over 2 million people live outside of their country of birth. What do you think?

And finally, it wouldn't be a proper post without a little shameless self-promotion: Writer Abroad was honored to be featured over on author Janet Skeslien Charles' blog in an interview about being a writer abroad.

Any great new things you've discovered out there?


  1. Great interview over at Janet's blog! And Andrew Craft's courses look awesome. Thanks for the links!

  2. Thanks. Glad they were useful. And Andrew's classes look slightly less expensive than many MB classes.

  3. Another new thing - the Expat Focus people have started a new pod cast and are looking for people to take part. (

  4. That sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

  5. Congrats, Expat mum, heard your interview on Expat Focus! Your next book sounds great.

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