Kelly’s Big List of Writing/Reading Resources: 2022

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!

I have some goodies for you:

I just completed Annette Gendler’s Writer’s Workbook for 2023 and highly recommend it.

Here’s a link to the workbook and to sign up for her newsletter.

Although I find the workbook extremely helpful, I am always unnerved as well. The time slips by and I never accomplish as much as I want to in any given year. I’ve been struggling with a novel for a long time, and my large stack of year-end assessments highlights how long I’ve been wrestling with the monster….

I’m also reassessing my relationship with Submittable in 2023. As I was listing my submissions on Gendler’s worksheet, I realized that although I didn’t submit as much this year, I still have 21 “in progress.” Two have been in limbo for over a year! I’d be curious to hear about other experiences. Are people noticing submissions taking longer these days?

Below you’ll find a list of everything that inspired me in 2022. I took a lot of classes–many of them for free–or very close to it!

  1. Story Club with George Saunders. For $50 a year, you get to study with George Saunders. Need I say more?
  2. A great resource during the pandemic was the Off Campus Writer’s Workshop based in Winnetka, Illinois, and my big fear post-pandemic was that they would return to in-person programming. Instead, they’ve gone hybrid! You can join for a minimal yearly fee and all of the classes are $10 apiece. I’ve taken excellent in-depth classes with Rebecca Makkai, Peter Orner, Taylor Byas, Rachel Swearingen, Charles Baxter, and more.
  3. Zine Lunch presented by Sarabande Books. So fun! And FREE.
  4. I’m so reluctant to share this next one, but I will resist the urge to go Gollum on you:

The Poetry Foundation offers monthly poetry book clubs and if you sign up, they send you the book for free.

5. Another Substack for those writing through illness: Suleika Jaouad’s Isolation Journals includes tons of fun interviews with writers and artists and a monthly online meetup.

6. Look out for any upcoming classes with Emily Sernaker, of Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet. She’s amazing. Also, check out her upcoming anthology of the same name.

7. Another person who got me through the pandemic is Michigan poet, Emily Stoddard. She’s starting a new substack in 2023: If you are a poet, it will definitely be worth your time.

8. My good friend (and amazing writer) Desiree Cooper is working with Katey Schultz on monthly mentorships. FYI for your longer projects.

9. I spent two weeks at VCCA in December where I finally finished that novel. I highly recommend it. Here are some of the artists/writers I was inspired by while I was there. If I forgot anyone, mea culpa. I have a mind like a sieve:












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10. Austin Kleon’s substack never disappoints.

I think that’s it for now except for these last thoughts:

I Have the Answer, the audiobook will be out in February 2023. I am producing it independently as WSUP doesn’t put out audiobooks and I love them. You can pre-order here.

I run a podcast called Let’s Deconstruct a Story and the whole archive is available on my website. I have a few more guests lined up for 2023, but we are on hiatus until March. Do you have any thoughts/suggestions for me? Guest ideas? I’d love to hear them! Here’s a link to my interview with George Saunders as a starting point.

Here are some Bookshop suggestions for you. This list is NOT up to date but there are some good books on here, and all purchases indirectly benefit Pages Bookshop in Detroit, which I suggest visiting if you are in town.

Independent bookstores need us.

Please let me know what rocked your artistic/writing world in 2022. I’d love to hear!

Happy New Year again!



Peter Ho Davies


Hi Everyone, 

     “Let’s Deconstruct a Story” is a podcast where we read and discuss one short story with the author. Today I’ll be talking about the short story, “Chance,” with the author, Peter Ho Davies.

 ***Content warning: This episode deals with pregnancy/childbirth, miscarriages/abortion***

     Please read the story first, and then listen to the podcast, available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, Anchor, as well as several other platforms.

     “Chance” was first published in Glimmer Train, and then later in Catamaran and Drum. It’s also the first chapter in his 2021 novel, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. I’m excited about this episode because after we delved into the creation of the story, Peter shared some insights into how a story morphs into a novel. 

     As usual, if you have any suggestions about writers/stories/people to feature on this podcast, please let me know! I’d love to hear your comments about the discussions as well. 

     And last but not least, thanks so much to the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Michigan for supporting this podcast!



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PETER HO DAVIES’s most recent books are the novel A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and The Art of Revision: The Last Word, his first work of non-fiction. His previous novel, The Fortunes, a New York Times Notable Book, won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the Chautauqua Prize, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His first novel, The Welsh Girl, a London Times Best Seller, was long-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also published two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, and the Oregon Book Award) and Equal Love (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a New York Times Notable Book).

Davies’ work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Washington Post and TLS among others, and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its “Best of Young British Novelists.”

Davies is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and a winner of the PEN/Malamud and PEN/Macmillan Awards.

Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US. He has taught at the University of Oregon, Northwestern and Emory University, and is currently on faculty at the University of Michigan.

Purchase Peter’s books here on Bookshop or on Amazon.