Great Reads: Recommendations for the Week

The best way for every writer to start a new week is to read. And so I want to recommend new interviews and essays and fiction that will definitely stimulate your creative process. Enjoy.

1) What better way to start the week than with Colum McCann’s Letter to The Young Writer. This beautifully instructive letter was published in The Story Prize blog. I just discovered this blog and thoroughly enjoyed reading most of their posts. So you wan to read this letter, CLICK HERE.

2) Running The Room by Pia Z. Ehrhardt. Beautiful and engaging fiction about the daughter trying to cover up for her cheating mother. I loved, loved this story. Pia writes fiction that stays with you for a long, long time. Click to read this story on Zoetroupe.

3) The Ride by Iquo Diana Eke: A non-fiction piece about mourning and loss. Iquo writes beautifully about the mourning process of a mother. I am recommending this not just for the vividness of the prose but for the importance of the story. Read The Ride on Kalahari Review

4) Why do you write? If no one ever asked you this question, you probably asked yourself. Probably in moments of introspection or in moments of doubt. Judy Croome answers this question and more in her open Letter to A Young Nigerian Writer. It’s a timeless post and even the comments are helpful too. Click to READ.

5) THE RUMPUS INTERVIEW WITH CHINELO OPARANTA: Here Chinelo Oparanta discusses her writing process and her new novel, Under the Udala Tree. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Happiness, like water won the 2014 Lambida Literary Award. The Rumpus Interview can be read HERE. For those who don’t know her, her short story was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize.

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of creativewritingnews.com. Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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