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Now That's What I Call a Cover Letter Vol I

How does a job-seeking cover letter stand out in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Creative writing field trips in the Bay Area

I am a 2nd-grade teacher at school in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our teaching team is looking to add a field trip for the whole grade this year that has to do with creative writing. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Poetry writing classes in NYC... Gotham Writer's Workshop? 92Y?

I'm looking for NYC poetry class recommendations! Gotham Writer's Workshop and 92Y are both offering courses that start soon. Poet's House also offers classes but they haven't announced the dates yet. Does anyone have experiences with any of these? Are there other poetry classes or groups I'm overlooking? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jan 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Another MFA Creative Writing question

What can I do to make myself a strong MFA CW candidate? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I best learn from critiques of my short stories?

I've been having my short stories critiqued by various people (some from literary magazines) and I've gotten lots of different advice that is all over the place and at times contradictory. As someone who wants to improve my writing, I must admit I am kind of confused by the suggestions I've been getting. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Tips & tricks for capturing the 'voice' of a piece of fiction?

How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Jobs that would give me time to work on my own creative projects?

Are there paid jobs I could get that are non-demanding enough that they would give me long hours of free time to work on my own creative projects? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Australian university without classes?

Is there an external professional/creative communication undergraduate program with no class interaction at any Australian university? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 10, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I achieve a state of creative flow as a writer?

When I'm racing to meet a writing deadline, I feel a sense of exhilaration, momentum, and flow. How can achieve that state on a regular basis so I can make steady progress on my writing? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

How to transition from commenting on blogs to "real" writing

In the last 9 years, I've written a Russian novel's worth of blog comments. Can you help me channel this energy into personal writing projects? NOTE : I am NOT interested in blogging. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Projects like devilbunnies...but less insufferable, y'know?

Are there any current shared-mythos writing projects structurally similar to alt.devilbunnies? Think the evolving Cthulhu Mythos, if those guys were working relatively quickly via email and had a really good FAQ.
posted by waxbanks on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How much of an adult must an MFA be?

I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the deal with haystacks?

I'm not sure I understand how haystacks work. Help please? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Distance learning novel writing course wanted

I'm looking for a recommendation for an online creative writing class that will help me finish the novel I'm writing. Does anyone on the green have experience with such a class that they could share? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Help my use my Master's degree for good, not evil.

[Career change filter, humanities edition] How can I best market my skills when I have very little experience? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

How does your writing group work?

My fiction writing group is wondering if there's a better way to critique each others' pieces. How does your writing group do it? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program! help me do it right.

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

A story, a story, my kingdom for a story!

I can write fiction, but nothing I write ever seems to be a coherent story. How do I write a story? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Nov 30, 2011 - 31 answers

Ghibli in the Classroom

What are some ways I could incorporate Studio Ghibli films into the writing class I'll be teaching this Fall? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Do any graduate programs emphasize writing while teaching English grammar, literature, and Latin?

Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nebula on Jan 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Helpful websites for an aspiring writer?

[Creative Writing Filter] I'm looking for some online resources to help me get back into creative writing after a three year break. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Dec 18, 2010 - 4 answers

"Huh, I don't remember writing that."

Creative Writing Filter: I'm looking for examples of first-person narrative texts in which an important plot-point is revealed through a change in the narrative itself. [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on Nov 2, 2010 - 33 answers

What creative writing exercises were the most effective for you?

Help me kickstart my creativity! What creative writing exercises were the most effective for you? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Creative writing prompts, blogs, pages, communities?

Inspired by this post, I'm interested in pages that combine creative writing prompts and tasks with a blog-type personal page. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jun 16, 2010 - 3 answers

please help me with my thesis

I'm doing my creative writing thesis as a collection of short stories about people struggling to come to terms with intense childhood experiences. What kinds of experiences could I be writing about? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 7, 2010 - 27 answers

What should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing" reading list?

What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Dec 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Pardon my (art form) ignorance

Is there a proper term for this type of mixed media art project? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Oct 15, 2009 - 6 answers

How does one get into the business of writing stories for video games?

Tell me what I need to do, or which bums I need to kiss, to write a storyline for a video game. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Jul 8, 2009 - 15 answers

I'm not asking you to do my research for me buuuuut....

Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 28, 2009 - 12 answers

IWW-alikes

What are some analogues to the Iowa Writers' Workshop outside the US -- creative writing programs that have the reputation of attracting the best of the best in their respective countries or regions? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Mar 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Anonymous Writing Group

How do I create an anonymous online creative writing group? I want to limit membership to around 5 people. Specific qualifications inside: [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Can you recommend any good books on writing poetry?

Can you recommend any good books on writing poetry? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Jan 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Real British voices?

Can anyone point me to a British equivalent of Studs Terkel's work? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Nov 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Need suggestions for OCR software

Any good free (or really inexpensive) OCR software out there? I looked through the archives here but couldn't find any info that was quite right for my needs. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Aug 22, 2008 - 20 answers

Creative Writing Musts in Aix & Paris?

Help me create a literary tour of both Aix-en-Provence and Paris. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 21, 2008 - 4 answers

Hilfe, I weiƟ not in welcher language ich soll write!

Creative writing in your second language: good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Feb 11, 2008 - 26 answers

College-level "book reports" -- are they possible?

I'm teaching a feature writing class, and I'd like to require my students to read a nonfiction book by the end of the semester -- ala Tracy Kidder or John McPhee. I'd like them to do some sort of "book report" or presentation to the class at the end of the semester on the book they chose -- how do I make this assignment not lame? [more inside]
posted by printchick on Feb 5, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me be a creative feature writing teacher!

I'm teaching a college-level feature writing class this spring, and while I've taught the class before, I'm looking for new ideas for in-class writing exercises and short assignments. [more inside]
posted by printchick on Jan 9, 2008 - 4 answers

What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to write?

What would you recommend to someone who wants to increase their confidence in their writing abilities? (books/websites/other resources) [more inside]
posted by melissa on Nov 5, 2007 - 32 answers

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 16, 2007 - 26 answers

creative writing exercises

Give me some exercises for creative writing. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jul 9, 2007 - 21 answers

Grad school recommendations: whom to ask?

If I've been out of college for twelve years, from whom do I get recommendations for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 11 answers

826Indonesia?

What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I pay for Oxford's Mst. in creative writing?

Is there any way for me to fund Oxford's Mst. course in creative writing? Or will I need to suck it up and decline their offer? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jul 18, 2006 - 21 answers

Online creative writing collaboration tools?

A friend and I want to embark on a collaborative creative writing project, and we're looking for online tools to make the management of bouncing ideas and story elements etc off each other easier. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Jun 6, 2006 - 10 answers

What's the ultimate (fake) book synopsis?

What faked-up synopsis of my book is most likely to win me kudos and myriad sexual adventures? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Apr 7, 2006 - 36 answers

Phd with creative dissertation vs. MFA

I'm wondering if anyone knows much about Phds with creative dissertations versus MFAs. I want to eventually teach college-level creative writing. [more inside]
posted by Destroid on Mar 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Are there no jobs for the talentless anymore?

Does anyone know any good rules of thumb for writing resumes? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Nov 8, 2005 - 22 answers

Do British magazines and newspapers use the same query letter system as the U.S. for story proposals?

Do British magazines and newspapers use the same query letter system we use in the United States for story proposals? If not, how do you get a British editor to pay attention?
posted by inksyndicate on May 25, 2004 - 4 answers

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