Ask Jonathan Safran Foer!

Have a burning question that only a bestselling author can answer? Lucky you! Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (which you can begin reading on Figment for a limited time here) is answering Figment … Continue reading

Why yes, good sir! I would like $500.

Have you grown up since you were a kid? Would you like $500? Would you like your work to be read by “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” author Jonathan Safran Foer? Are these exceptionally easy questions all of which you should be answering “yes” to? Good, then we’re on the same page and you should click yourself to the other side of the jump because you will be all about this contest. Continue reading

How to Fictionalize Yourself

In “Everything is Illuminated,” Jonathan Safran Foer writes about a young writer, traveling to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather’s life. This writer is named . . . Jonathan Safran Foer? But this is a novel, right? And Jonathan Safran Foer is the name of the author, right? And our seventh-grade English teacher told us never to confuse the author with the narrator because they are two very different entities, right? RIGHT?

While author JSF is similar to character JSF, they’re not the same person. This double Foer-ing makes JSF a character in his own story while also keeping the author divorced from the narrator. It’s mad crazy smart and mad crazy effective and mad crazy difficult to replicate if you’re not Jonathan Safran Foer. Luckily, we’ve got a handy guide for you to fake it until you make it. How to fictionalize yourself in five handy steps.

Head’s up, would-be-caricatures: You can have the great JSF read your writing and win $500 at the same time by heading to our scholarship page at Zinch.com! Click through for details. Continue reading

Win $500 from Figment and Zinch!

What’s black and white and read all over? Your 600 character flash-memoir, and it’s being read all over by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the recently Oscar nominated-movied Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (which you can start reading here on Figment)! … Continue reading