Cognitive Connection, April 23: Book Covers, Essay Class and AWP

Cognitive Connection. Thinking. Image courtesy of stock.xchng®This week’s Cognitive Connection is a bit eclectic, but it works here. There’s a link to a great online essay writing class, two interesting posts to an author sharing her experience—including images—with her book cover design and then a magazine article about tech entrepreneurs.

While you’re reading (or maybe signing up for a class), I’m going to attempt to recover from this week! Last Friday, I got a could-not-resist copywriting opportunity and have been working non-stop since. I need to recharge my batteries so I can keep up with another project (possibly two) kicking off next week.

  • Amy Paturel’s Essay Class, May 3. Okay, so it’s not an article or a blog post, but I did want to point out this online essay class taught by Amy Paturel. Amy has been featured twice in Newsweek’s “My Turn” column and has contributed essays to Health, Women’s Health, Body+Soul, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, The Los Angeles Times and more. I connected with Amy when I entered her essay e-course contest. She’s thoughtful and responsive—and there’s no question she’s attentive to her students. For more information or to sign up for her six-week class, visit The Renegade Writer class page.
  • New York Magazine Tweet Tweet Boom Boom Description from the magazine: “A new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the city is trying to overthrow old media and build a better New York—with the help of their iPhones. Are they dreaming? Definitely. But in a good way.”
  • Readergirlz Cover Stories: Mexican High by Liza Monroy Many of you are familiar with Liza Monroy, who has published essays about marrying her gay best friend and wrote the YA novel Mexican High. She’s also taught classes through Mediabistro. Even if you aren’t familiar with Liza, you’ll enjoy these two blog posts on the development and evolution of her book cover.
  • Writer’s Digest There Are No Rules by Jane Friedman Why Don’t Publishers Market & Promote the Books They Publish? Jane shares her take on discussions from AWP about authors’ roles in selling their books. Her perspective is very interesting—and be sure to catch the “predictions from others” near the end of her post.


Your turn. Any great reads that you’d like to share with your fellow readers? Print counts, too. If you’re hooked on a new book or loved an article or essay in a magazine, include it here. Please share in the comments below. Thanks!

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One thought on “Cognitive Connection, April 23: Book Covers, Essay Class and AWP

  1. Thanks for the info on Amy’s essay course. I am reading a book I really love right now. A great concept, too. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Have you read it? It is a collection of stories about people in a small Maine seaside town. A retired school teacher, Olive, pops up in each story.

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