Will you write for me?
Maybe! Contact me and let me know what you’re thinking. One note: As a journalist, I focus on reported longform stories, news features, op-eds, criticism, reviews, and essays. Because of both my inclinations and because I can’t have a conflict of interest in my reporting, I don’t write for corporations, foundations, nonprofits, public relations firms, advocacy groups, or other private organizations — even ones I love! I also don’t do ghostwriting. I do, however, teach occasional writing workshops that you might be interested in.
Can you speak or teach a workshop to my group, staff, or class?
UPDATE: In 2016-2017, I am working on a book, and so I have to drastically cut down on events. I’m not zeroing them out, but please understand in advance that I have to be exceptionally choosy if I’m going to get this manuscript in on time!
Do you have reading recommendations for me?
Why, yes, I do! For a long time, I put together the annual crazy-comprehensive “Choose Books: A Gift Guide for People Who Care About Stories.” I think it’ll help match the right book with the right reader. Also, here are some links that might be useful:
- My Goodreads page
- A Reading List for Writers of Narrative Nonfiction
- 13 Books from the Mythic Midwest
And finally, here is a collection of pieces about writers whose work I especially like: Elena Ferrante, John Steinbeck, George Herriman, Muriel Rukeyser, Jane Austen (see also, and also), Norman Mailer, William Styron, Rainer Maria Rilke, Carla Speed McNeil (see also), Kim Stanley Robinson, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, and Toni Morrison (see also).
And, also, Alexander Maksik, Adam Thirlwell, Sherman Alexie, Jane Kenyon, Audre Lorde, Truman Capote, Betty Friedan, Stephen King, James Baldwin, Hilary Mantel, Herman Melville, Shaun Tan, Wendy Wasserstein, Charles D’Ambrosio, Leonard Gardner, Virginia Woolf, Maurice Manning, George Orwell, and a number of writers in the African Writers Series.
Can I pick your brain about journalism, freelance writing, story ideas, sources, literary culture, or Detroit?
I get asked this a lot, and I love helping out where I can. To make things easy for both of us, I made this substantive PDF: “Breaking Into Freelance Writing.”
For a look at Detroit, you might be interested in some of these articles that I’ve written:
- The Guardian: “An insider’s cultural guide to Detroit.”
- Next City: “The threat to Detroit’s rebound isn’t crime or the economy; it’s the mortgage industry.”
- Grantland: “Ty Cobb as Detroit.”
- Model D: “A literary tour of Detroit.”
- The Guardian: “Reading American Cities: Books about Detroit.”