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Love my baby, still want an MFA

Do any accredited, respectable, non-residential , MFA Writing programs exist out there? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Sep 30, 2008 - 7 answers

What is a good job for a teenager that is good with computers?

I'm a highschool kid, good with computers, looking for an online job regarding computers? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Do waiters and waitresses mind people writing for a long time in cafes?

Don't servers hate it when people camp in coffee houses and cafes for hours to write? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Sep 23, 2008 - 35 answers

How can I force myself to write?

How can I force myself to write? [more inside]
posted by blocked on Sep 22, 2008 - 37 answers

The phenomenology of text

The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 18, 2008 - 26 answers

The ideas are all around, floating away...

I feel the need to be creative, but can't figure out what sort of outlet is the best to get my ideas out. How do I figure out what sort of creativity I have? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 17, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I use footnotes properly?

Footnote experts/writers: Please help me decide the best way to use footnotes in my document. [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle on Sep 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Good examples of exemplary creative nonfiction?

What are your favourite pieces of creative nonfiction? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Sep 14, 2008 - 34 answers

How to fill 70 minutes of in-class writing time?

Help a freshman comp teacher out! I need a fun writing exercise to fill 70 minutes of class time. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2008 - 16 answers

22 and torn about my future

i want to live/work with indigenous peoples in the amazon, write literature, and honor my immigrant parents by avoiding a hedonistic/freewheeling lifestyle. how do i do all these things? [more inside]
posted by jiayeeng on Sep 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Can I have my creative cake and eat it too?

Working writers: how do you carve out time for fiction? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: Where is He Now

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
posted by luriete on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Point me to some great examples of limited third person viewpoint.

Point me to some great examples of limited third person viewpoint. [more inside]
posted by ilike on Aug 31, 2008 - 9 answers

But there's no such thing as international law!

If you had to write a paper on something related to international law, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 on Aug 29, 2008 - 24 answers

Help me find the rest of this pro-woman poem?

Help me find the rest of this poem: "to be a woman/ you don't have to put on lipstick/ or wear makeup".... [more inside]
posted by potatopeople on Aug 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Ethics of a Pseudonym

Up for serious discussion: What are the ethics of writing under a pseudonym? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Aug 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Are There Any Good General-Topic Blogs?

I've been doing some thinking lately about blogs. It seems that most of the really popular, successful blogs stick to one topic or another, pretty well defined (food, books, politics, celebrities, etc.). Are there any really popular or successful (in the sense of widely-read, or just good to read) blogs that are about a variety of topics, or that take the 'one person's views on a whole bunch of things' model?
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 26, 2008 - 17 answers

Lovecraftian Lawsuits Pt II

This is a bit of a follow up to this question. I'm contemplating a small comics project staring a fictionalised version of HP Lovecraft (something I've done before but thsi will be slight higher profile) and the title will be something along the lnes of "H.P. Lovecraft's World of Weirdness". Is the use of his name in the title like that, which might imply some kind of authorship or endorsement or somesuch, likely to bring the Lovecraft estate down on me like a ton of bricks?
posted by Artw on Aug 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Writing For Fun And Profit

Writing Filter: How do I get published, or to be exact, how do I network with editors, so I can do some freelance writing on the side? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Aug 25, 2008 - 22 answers

Stories 'bout learnin

I'm looking for short stories/poems/creative non-fiction and the like about school, schooling, education, and/or learning to write/self-expression. Should be suitable for college freshpersons.
posted by Saxon Kane on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Getting the Best out of an interview with a prof

I'm going to be writing a profile of a business professor who has won some teaching awards. I'll be interviewing him on the phone. What questions should I ask that would help me raise the interview above the lame threshold? I'd like the profile to be insightful and interesting.
posted by storybored on Aug 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Grant writing 101

Best book for grant writing? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me fuel my Starbucks addiction through freelancing!

What are some good sites to find short-term freelance writing/Internet gigs? Similar to this post, I'm looking for some temp work that will bring in a little supplemental income. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Aug 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Self Promotion for Artists 101

I need a crash course in Self Promotion for Artists 101. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I learn shorthand?

What are the best ways to learn shorthand? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 12, 2008 - 9 answers

___________

Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me become a higher-output writer!

Academic writing filter: I am a painfully slow writer. How might I go about developing a composition process that's higher-output, requires less concentration, and is more revision-friendly? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me get this book out of my office and onto shelves.

I need a new name!!! I've written a book for friends and non-primary caregiver family (NOT for primary caregivers) regarding illness and death. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Aug 8, 2008 - 16 answers

My book? Don't ask.

Last October I left a great full-time job, ostensibly to write a novel. Now it's a year later and, for a variety of reasons all having to do with me, there's no novel and chances are slim that there's going to be one. I'll have to go back to work eventually. When coworkers ask me how the book is going, what do I tell them to save the greatest amount of face? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Aug 7, 2008 - 24 answers

Nix the degree, get the education

Free school options in New York? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Aug 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me shut down my perfectionism in my creative writing

How do I kill the perfectionism, the precious and fearful impulses, and the self-doubt that keeps me from completing my creative writing projects. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Aug 2, 2008 - 50 answers

How to effectively teach law students legal research and writing?

How to effectively teach law students legal research and writing? [more inside]
posted by jagalt on Aug 1, 2008 - 24 answers

Help a young journo put herself through news writing bootcamp.

I need resources to improve my news writing. I'm already working in a newsroom, so this isn't a"halp mee, I wants to be a writter" post. Rather, I want to increase my fluency in the basics so that tight, accurate prose always flows naturally, even under deadline. I'd also like to increase my vocabulary and craft skills as a writer so that when I'm less pressed for time, I can really make the language dance. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Jul 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision?

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision? I'm specifically thinking about television writing but other fields would apply... [more inside]
posted by Ringo on Jul 24, 2008 - 26 answers

Help me get rid of my "trainer's tattoo!"

What are your favorite quick-drying and/or absolutely smudge-proof markers, both for easel paper and whiteboard? Also, techniques to help a lefty avoid smudges wil be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jul 23, 2008 - 6 answers

On the meaning of "off" on the page.

Please explain a few bits of television script convention to me. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 23, 2008 - 8 answers

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian?

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jul 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me become a better essay writer.

Can you help me find essay communities? I would like to find a place to read other people's essays and share my own for possible feedback. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jul 20, 2008 - 2 answers

Warmup activities for young writers

Looking for interesting, not cheesy, ideas to get 8th-10th graders warmed up for an afternoon of writing and discussion. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Jul 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Mac word processor for academic writing in the humanities?

I don't like Microsoft Word much; it feels really bloated to me, and has so many features I never use. I've been looking for an alternative for some time. What word processor does the hivemind recommend for academic writing? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 10, 2008 - 35 answers

Bluetooth Automatic Syncing Between Laptops

Syncing between laptops: How can I easily and automatically sync files and documents between two laptops using Bluetooth? Ideally I want to load up one machine in the vicinity of the other and have all my recent data (documents/data/RSS feeds etc.) syncronised with NO hassle. Any good apps out there? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Who are you? Just the highlights, please and TIA!

Under pain of death, define your own personal "artistic statement". [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Jul 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Where Can I Find Self-Reflective Profiles?

Where can I find examples of profile-writing that say as much about the profiler as the profilee? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler on Jul 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Looking for coverage work

How does one find work as a script reader in Hollywood? What are other bottom-rung industry jobs for writers? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Title page info on a title page-less paper?

ChicagoManualofStyleFilter: I'm trying to figure out what Chicago dictates (is there even guidance here?) for proper setup of title page info for a short paper of perhaps five pages or less without a title page. That is to say, how does the information that would go on a title page get formatted when one isn't used. Name/date/course/prof/etc., moved to the top of the first page. Can anyone point me to a specific section in the manual? Bonus question: I know what it vaguely looks like (LastName PageNumber), but I'm also looking for specific guidance for last name and page number info in the short paper's header. Thanks!
posted by jroybal on Jul 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Bridging the gap from student-level to professional-quality writing skills

How do I improve my writing skills beyond the good-enough-for-a-student level when my school seems neither interested nor capable of teaching me? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jul 7, 2008 - 33 answers

Star Wars did a pretty good job at this too...

A question about creating literary mythologies and the antagonistic forces within them. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 4, 2008 - 17 answers

How to hire to write for my blog?

I would like to have a few guest writers write some articles for my blog. How do I sort out the basic logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me create a wonderful thanks for a $1,000,000 guy

A donor has given our non profit $1,000,000 to build a new hospice house building (1/3 the cost of the project). We want to honor him with something different than the usual plaque. Or at least with a plaque that is unique. Something with a key might be appropriate, but would probably be boring. We have to make a presentation to him during an event in a couple of weeks. Anyone have any creative ideas to honor this generous man?
posted by Jandasmo on Jul 2, 2008 - 18 answers

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