Congratulations to William Zinsser, winner of this year’s National Magazine Award in the category of Digital Commentary. Zinsser, 89, beat out CNET’s Molly Wood, The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg, The New Yorker writers on Osama bin Laden, and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi.

All of Zinsser’s online essays about writing, popular culture, and the arts are available at The American Scholar wesbite. You can check them out by clicking here.


FYI, William Zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer—he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946—and is also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well, a companion held in affection by three generations of writers, reporters, editors, teachers and students. His 17 other books range from memoir (Writing Places ;Writing About Your Life) to travel (American Places), jazz (Mitchell & Ruff), American popular song (Easy to Remember). baseball (Spring Training) and the craft of writing (Writing to Learn). During the 1970s he was at Yale University, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers. Today, in New York, he continues to write and to teach. From 2010 – 11 he wrote a weekly blog, “Zinsser on Friday” about the craft of writing, popular culture, and the arts. Later this year he will return to the online format for an informal conversation with his readers on this website. His office is at 135 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022.


Also FYI, “The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. In recent years the magazine has won four National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest honor, and many of its essays and articles have been selected for the yearly Best American anthologies.

“Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous speech, ‘The American Scholar,’ delivered to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College in 1837, the magazine aspires to Emerson’s ideals of independent thinking, self-knowledge, and a commitment to the affairs of the world as well as to books, history, and science.”

To check out all the other resources, and obtain subscription information, please click here.



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