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Love at first read

read + write
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This week, we have reading recommendations, inspiration, and writing advice from Ama Asantewa Diaka (also known as Poetra Asantewa) and Otegha Uwagba. We’ll also hear from the team behind the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions newsletter. Finally, in case you missed it, we’ll share the recording of the second episode of our new Twitter Spaces series, write + chat
read + recommendations
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions about what they like to read.
Our first guest is Ama Asantewa Diaka. Ama is a poet, storyteller, and spoken-word artist. She has published two collections of poems: You Too Will Know Me (Published as part of New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita) in 2019), and Woman, Eat Me Whole (2022). She’s also co-founder of Black Girls Glow.
📸: Duque for FestivalAfricana
📸: Duque for FestivalAfricana
What’s the thing you’ve bookmarked, you know you need to read, and are excited to read? 
This thread, asking people what their favourite short stories and poems are. I’m excited to get to the very end, Quote Tweets and all. Every week since January, I’ve read at least one short story from the thread.
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
I have a document in my writing folder that I’ve titled “A’s flower garden” where I dump sentences and phrases I fall in love with when I’m reading. It’s my own version of a writing flower garden where I’ve stored all the soft, crazy, demanding, challenging texts that call out to something in me. 
Whenever I feel stuck or need to remind myself how to return to writing, I visit my flower garden.
You’re at the newsstand and have decided you’re leaving with four magazines. What are you picking up? (from any era, be as oddly specific as possible).
Drum magazine, Ghana edition, November 1963.
Dust (accra) magazine, September 2011.
The first issue of Okyeame (1960) and the last issue (1972).
Tampered Press first issue, 2018.
Is there a thread you love that you come back to (or finds its way back to you)? (if so, why)?
This was in 2014 before threads were a thing, but Teju Cole’s ‘Hafiz’ — a short story that emerged from him asking his followers to Tweet one line each after his initial line, is a constant reminder for me of how we can creatively combine Twitter and literature or the arts.
This thread by Helena Greer where she uses the first season of Bridgerton as a case study in teaching consent. It’s a thread I’ve bookmarked that I return to occasionally — especially because of the work I am currently doing with @BlackGirlsGlow on sexual health education — because it reaffirms and reminds me of the influence film and art and pop culture has on our everyday life.
What’s the first book you remember reading and loving?
I was 5 or 6, and one of my mother’s students gifted me a box set of Peter Rabbit. I think that may have been my first self-awareness of falling in love. I was enthralled by the idea that rabbits had personalities, a life of their own, and a daily purpose. Love at first read!
Who’s the Twitter follow that hasn’t let you down, since the beginning?
newsletter time
Every other week, we’ll include a new Revue newsletter (new = under 60 days or five or fewer issues). 
UN Climate Change High-Level Champions
We asked the team behind the newsletter: In 280 characters or less, could you offer some words of encouragement to anyone thinking of starting a newsletter of their own?
We’re uniting actors across the economy working on climate action, threading scattered examples of change into a tapestry of progress. In this way, a newsletter can reflect the community that reads it, helping people see the wider benefits and knock-on effects of their work.
write + inspiration
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions and give their perspective on writing.
Our second guest is Otegha Uwagba. Otegha is a bestselling author and culture journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vogue, The Gentlewoman, The Cut, and more. She has also written three books: Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women (2019), Whites: On Race And Other Falsehoods (2020), and We Need To Talk About Money (2021). 
📸: Ollie Trenchard
📸: Ollie Trenchard
What’s a piece of writing advice that’s held true for you?
“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” — Isabel Allende. 
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
What’s a writing strategy you’ve developed that’s worked for you?
Total isolation (unfortunately).
What do you do with all the writing ideas that pop into your head? Where do they go?
I have a ton of notes on my phone — book ideas, articles I want to pitch, even just sentences I think sound good. Eventually they come in handy.
Who do you think really knows how to do an email newsletter?
Jami Attenberg’s Craft Talk is one of my favourites.
What’s your one tip (that doesn’t get discussed enough) for a writer trying to improve in 2022?
Edit, edit, edit until you feel you can’t edit anymore. Then edit some more.
Each week, in addition to hearing from writers, we’ll also give an update about what we’re doing for readers and writers at Twitter.
A big thing happened last Wednesday. We chatted with two more newsletter guests for episode 2 of our write + chat Twitter Spaces series. Ernest Wilkins and Adena Jones just so happen to work at Twitter, and they had plenty of tips for writers on how to write short, get their voice heard, and get out of their own way.
Episode 2, catch up

We talked to @ErnestWilkins + @adena_andrews about how they use Twitter as writers. If you like great advice, this is for you.

Available til June 10 👇
If you missed it, the recording will be available til June 10, 2022 — hit the link in the Tweet (or find it here) to listen back. 
We’re getting into the swing of things, now. Keep an eye out for episode 3, coming soon. 
wrap up
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