Diy Mfa

Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community

Author: Gabriela Pereiera

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639345

Category: REFERENCE

Page: 294

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You are a writer. You dream of sharing your words with the world, and you're willing to put in the hard work to achieve success. You may have even considered earning your MFA, but for whatever reason--tuition costs, the time commitment, or other responsibilities--you've never been able to do it. Or maybe you've been looking for a self-guided approach so you don't have to go back to school.
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The Creative Writing MFA Handbook

A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students

Author: Tom Kealey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826418432

Category: Education

Page: 214

View: 6574

Guides prospective graduate students through the difficult process of researching, applying to, and choosing graduate schools in creative writing. This handbook includes special sections about Low-Residency writing programs, PhD programs, publishing in literary journals, and workshop and teaching advice.
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MFA in a Box

A why to Write Book

Author: John Rember

Publisher: Dream of Things

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Nautilus Book Award Silver Winner. Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List. Midwest Book Award Finalist/Reference. "Witty, audacious and wise." Robin Metz, Winner of the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Award. "This should be on every writer's bookshelf." Randy Richardson, President, Chicago Writers Association. By exploring the relationships between the writer and love, grief, place, family, race and violence, Rember helps writers dive deep into their own writing. "A big part of writing involves grappling with the terrors and discouragements that come when you have writing skills but can't project yourself or your work into the future," says Rember. "My hope is that MFA in a Box will help writers balance the despair of writing with the joy of writing. It's a book designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a life-and-death endeavor -- but that nothing about a life-and-death endeavor keeps it from being laugh-out-loud funny."
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How to Write Fiction (And Think About It)

Author: Robert Graham

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230207898

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

View: 1643

If you are a writer of fiction, this practical handbook will teach you how to acquire your own writer's tool-box. Here you will learn all about developing your craft. The wide-ranging exploration of fiction-writing skills contains many unique features, such as the focus on reflective learning and tuition on advanced skills including foreshadowing, transitions and producing short story cycles. Throughout, the approach is centred on three kinds of activity: - examining the theory of particular fiction writing skills - analysing the practice of these skills in examples of published work - practising the use of skills in fiction-writing exercises. What makes this guide so distinctive, though, is the way it consistently asks you to reflect on your work, and stresses the importance of being able to articulate the processes of writing. Packed with wisdom about the art of fiction and filled with writing exercises, How To Write Fiction (And Think About It) examines the work of today's finest authors to teach you everything you need to know about writing short stories or longer fiction. Whether you are a student, a would-be professional author, or a general reader who simply likes to write for pleasure, this guide will equip you with a portfolio of key fiction-writing skills.
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What's Your Book?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

Author: Brooke Warner

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1938314069

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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What's Your Book? is an aspiring author’s go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years’ experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses. In her book, she brings her unique understanding of book publishing (from the vantage point of coach, editor, and publisher) to each of the book's five chapters, which include understanding the art of becoming an author, getting over common hurdles, challenging counterproductive mindsets, building an author platform, and ultimately getting published. Brooke is known for her straightforward delivery, honest assessments, and compassionate touch with authors. What's Your Book? contains the inspiration and information every writer needs to publish their first or next book.
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Eat the Apple

Author: Matt Young

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632869527

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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"The Iliad of the Iraq war" (Tim Weiner)--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man. Eat the Apple is a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and then not one, not two, but three deployments to Iraq, where the testosterone, danger, and stakes for him and his fellow grunts were dialed up a dozen decibels. With its kaleidoscopic array of literary forms, from interior dialogues to infographics to prose passages that read like poetry, Young's narrative powerfully mirrors the multifaceted nature of his experience. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating, and ultimately redemptive, Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines, and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war. Searing in its honesty, tender in its vulnerability, and brilliantly written, Eat the Apple is a modern war classic in the making and a powerful coming-of-age story that maps the insane geography of our times.
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Scratch

Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Author: Manjula Martin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501134574

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world. In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo. In Scratch, Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money? As contributors including Jonathan Franzen, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Nick Hornby, Susan Orlean, Alexander Chee, Daniel Jose Older, Jennifer Weiner, and Yiyun Li candidly and emotionally discuss money, MFA programs, teaching fellowships, finally getting published, and what success really means to them, Scratch honestly addresses the tensions between writing and money, work and life, literature and commerce. The result is an entertaining and inspiring book that helps readers and writers understand what it’s really like to make art in a world that runs on money—and why it matters. Essential reading for aspiring and experienced writers, and for anyone interested in the future of literature, Scratch is the perfect bookshelf companion to On Writing, Never Can Say Goodbye, and MFA vs. NYC.
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Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within

Author: Kim Addonizio

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393346994

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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In this fresh approach to writing poetry, the coauthor of the perennially popular The Poet's Companion offers sharp insights into the craft of writing. "The creative process is just that," maintains Kim Addonizio. "Not a means to an end, but an ongoing participation." A widely acclaimed poet and finalist for the National Book Award, Addonizio meditates on her own process as she encourages writers to explore both their personal and political worlds, to seek inspiration from poets new and old, and to discover the rich poetic resources of the Internet. Lively, accessible, and informative, Ordinary Genius?provides wisdom gleaned through personal experience and offers a heady variety of writing exercises. Chapters on gender, addiction, race and class, metaphor and line invite each individual writer to find and to hone his or her unique voice. This is the perfect book for both experienced writers and beginners eager to glimpse the angel of poetry.
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The Portable MFA in Creative Writing

Author: New York Writers Workshop

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973500

Category: Reference

Page: 280

View: 9828

Get the core knowledge of a prestigious MFA education without the tuition. Have you always wanted to get an MFA, but couldn't because of the cost, time commitment, or admission requirements? Well now you can fulfill that dream without having to devote tons of money or time. The Portable MFA gives you all of the essential information you would learn in the MFA program in one book. Covering fiction, memoirs, personal essays, magazine articles, poetry, and playwriting, this book provides you with: Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina, and productivity Clear instruction on the craft behind the art Detailed reading lists to expand your literary horizons Exercises to improve your writing endeavors By heeding the advice in The Portable MFA, you will gain the wisdom and experience of some of today's greatest teachers, all for just the price of a book.
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Thinking Write

The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind

Author: Kelly L. Stone

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 9781605501321

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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Writer?s block. Creative freeze. Artistic burnout. In this book, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone teaches you how to use the power of the subconscious mind to capitalize on your writing sessions. Proven techniques for accessing this hidden tool are revealed with a mix of anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations. You will hear from well-known and award-winning authors such as Jacquelyn Mitchard and Stephanie Lossee and how they utilize these methods. Writers?both professional and aspiring?will take away: A working understanding of the subconscious mind and its benefits to writers Practical techniques for developing a bridge to the subconscious mind Easy-to-use strategies for using the power of the subconscious mind to assist with writing endeavors and become successful as a writer Proven psychological methods for building self-confidence as a writer As a bonus, the book includes an instructive CD with guided meditations specifically for writers. The exercises on the CD bolster the material in the book and will have you putting pen to paper in no time!
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The Low-Residency MFA Handbook

A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students

Author: Lori A. May

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 144119844X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

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Provides aspiring Creative Writing graduate students with all the information they need on which low-residency program is best suited to them.
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Wired for Story

The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 1607742454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

View: 4776

"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.
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How to Write Like Tolstoy

A Journey Into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Pantheon Books

ISBN: 0812998308

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 323

View: 2254

"For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story's end, [this is a] journey inside the minds of the world's most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King"--Amazon.com.
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Around the World Right Now

Author: Gina Cascone,Bryony Williams Sheppard

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN: 1634724046

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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In this multicultural travelogue through each of the 24 time zones, young readers are invited to travel the world and experience all the people, places, and things that exist on our planet right now. In every minute of every hour of every day, something wonderful is happening around our world. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist sits behind his easel working on a painting. While at the same time in Greenland, an Inuit boy begins training his first pack of sled dogs. While in Madagascar, a playful lemur is trying to steal treats from a family's picnic, just as a baby humpback whale is born deep in the Pacific Ocean. A perfect read-aloud to help introduce geography and time-telling as well as a celebration of the richness and diversity of life on our planet.
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The Life Unexpected

An Anthology of Stories and Poems

Author: Susan G. Weidener,Patty Kline-Capaldo,Various Other Authors

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781944759117

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 7506

This rich anthology explores the "life unexpected." . . its surprises-welcome or unwelcome-unplanned adventures, twists and turns that lead to new discoveries and personal revelations in changing and challenging times.
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The Business of Being a Writer

Author: Jane Friedman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022639333X

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry. The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term. Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.
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Why Write?

A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why it Matters

Author: Mark Edmundson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632863065

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Why write? Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read--read as if their lives might be changed by what they're reading? Why write, when the world wants to be informed, not enlightened; to be entertained, not inspired? Writing is backbreaking, mindbreaking, lonely work. So why? Because writing, as celebrated professor Mark Edmundson explains, is one of the greatest human goods. Real writing can do what critic R. P. Blackmur said it could: add to the stock of available reality. Writing teaches us to think; it can bring our minds to birth. And once we're at home with words, there are few more pleasurable human activities than writing. Because this is something he believes everyone ought to know, Edmundson offers us Why Write?, essential reading--both practical and inspiring--for anyone who yearns to be a writer, anyone who simply needs to know how to get an idea across, and anyone in between--in short, everyone.
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The Fall of Lisa Bellow

A Novel

Author: Susan Perabo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476761493

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in unforgettable ways. What happens to the girl left behind? A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she trembles face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow—the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. Lying there, Meredith is utterly convinced she will die. But then the gunman orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith cowering in the wake of a life-altering near-tragedy. As the community stages vigils and search parties for Lisa Bellow, Meredith spends days shut away in her room, hiding in the dark landscape of her imagination. Meredith’s mother, Claire, can see that her daughter is irreparably changed—she is here, but not. And as Claire grows more and more desperate to reach her, it becomes clear that Meredith is in a place where Claire can’t go, searching for Lisa Bellow where no one else can. The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing and makes sense of the nonsensical. In this “daring” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), “sharp, and suspenseful” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly captivating and achingly beautiful” (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia) novel, the critically acclaimed Susan Perabo asserts herself yet again as an engrossing storyteller and a master at cracking open the human psyche.
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The Mapmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Author: Katherine Nouri Hughes

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504047044

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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A novel of the Venetian girl who became the most powerful woman in the Ottoman Empire—perfect for fans of Netflix’s Magnificent Century. The Ottoman Empire was at the height of its power during the sixteenth century when Cecilia Baffo Veniero was kidnapped from her Venetian homeland and chosen to be the wife of Selim II, successor to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. She would be known as Nurbanu. The Mapmaker’s Daughter vividly imagines the confession of Nurbanu as she lies on her sickbed narrating the spectacular story of her rise to the pinnacle of imperial power, determined to understand how her extraordinary destiny was shaped. With unflinching candor, Nurbanu reviews the desires and motives that have both propelled and harmed her, as she considers her role as a devoted yet manipulative mother, helping to orchestrate her son’s succession to the throne. Serving as the appointed enforcer of one of the empire’s most crucial and shocking laws, Nurbanu confronts the consequences of her loves and her choices—right up to one last shattering revelation.
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Story Genius

How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607748908

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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