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Looking for Chicago fiction writing groups.

Please recommend fiction writing/critique groups in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Jan 28, 2008 - 4 answers

The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts

I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I write better short stories (science fiction)

How can I write better short stories (science fiction) [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 25, 2008 - 20 answers

to pitch or be pitched?

Is it better publicity to write an article, or to be a quoted expert in someone else's article? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow on Jan 22, 2008 - 13 answers

The tip of the tongue, taking a trip to the foreignerland.

I am in a search of a program that will help me memorize words... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Jan 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Who writes videogames? (not in the programming sense)

Who writes videogames? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jan 19, 2008 - 18 answers

If I had a rhyming dictionary I could make this title rhyme

Which rhyming dictionary would you recommend? And why? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Jan 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Films conceived by High Schoolers

What popular movies were conceived of and/or written by the screenwriter when he or she were still in high school? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 14, 2008 - 17 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Feeding the beast – on time

Journalists of Metafilter – hit me with your tips for fast filing. My job (as a reporter at a daily newspaper) has gone really well and I just got a promotion!!!! Hurrah! But soon I'm going to have to do a lot more work in a lot less time. So I need to file my copy much, much faster. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jan 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Looking for an alternative to Nerve Magazine

I am looking for a magazine that would be interested in a story I've written about being in love without sexual attraction. Nerve is the only magazine that I can think of, but from the looks of things, I doubt they accept anything from writers outside of sunny California. My story isn't sexual explicit, but I don't think a mainstream/family-friendly publication would be interested in this. Does anyone have any suggestions for a Nerve-esque magazine (or zine) that accepts non-fiction that isn't supposed to make you horny?
posted by haasim on Jan 10, 2008 - 13 answers

How are things? Sorry to hear you've been laid off.

I worked at a newspaper for five years. I quit three years ago. Now, about 25% of the staff is getting laid off, including some friends. I don't have a problem talking to those friends about any of this. But then there are other people I liked but haven't kept in touch with (at most, I've seen them at a few gatherings). What do I say to those former co-workers I liked who are now getting the ax? I figure they could use a kind word and a vote of confidence. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 answers

A new way to look at the world...

Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 10, 2008 - 20 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

Best book publication methods?

I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Jan 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Assesssing employee value

How can I assess the economic value of an employee (namely me)? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist on Jan 5, 2008 - 8 answers

novelfilter

New Year resolution: write a novel this year. Need some resources [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jan 5, 2008 - 22 answers

Who's doing Fear and Loathing 2008 (and doing it well)?

So Hunter S Thompson's dead and I don't really know which writers to turn to, as the American election year gets underway, who can bring the mad skills, the savage wit, and the dedication to cutting through the usual bullshit. Wanna-be gonzo schtick I'm not so excited by; clear, fearless, honest voices for the win! Drug references optional. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jan 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Great works of literature created from humble resources

Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
posted by survivorman on Dec 28, 2007 - 34 answers

Is Jack Vance hoaxing me? Does "The Lonton Times Historical Atlas" exist?

Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Travelogues tracing historic routes

What are some good modern travelogues where the author is retracing a historic route? Especially ones where the original traveler wrote an account that the author weaves into the narrative.
posted by rasputin400 on Dec 20, 2007 - 27 answers

Suggestions for readings on Radical Thought

I'll be teaching a first-year composition class at university. What I teach, I hope, is critical thinking, invention and arrangement of writing. The topic for the semester is American radical thought. I am looking for suggestions for essays, visual pieces (art, film, video), songs (audio & lyrics) that cover a wide range of radical response & resistance. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Dec 19, 2007 - 28 answers

Comedic writer wants a shot

How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts?

Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on Dec 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 14, 2007 - 26 answers

2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten

I'm compiling a list of popular bon mots of the kind that are usually written in yearbooks, memory books, autograph books, etc. Things that are typically written by adolescents and teenagers to their friends and classmates. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Dec 13, 2007 - 50 answers

Hallmark University

To those of you with greeting card aspirations: my mom works at a small college and has been tasked with coming up with a message for birthday cards that will be sent from the president to all school employees through out the year. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

How do we split it?

I'm planning to co-author a book with a semi-famous person who wants to tell her own story, but needs help with the writing part. My biggest question is about money - how should we split it? It's her story, but I'll be doing most of the writing. Yet we are attempting to treat this as a real collaboration where we edit together, pass drafts back and forth, and so forth. Any sense of what percentage is appropriate for each of us? Also, should I join the Writers Union to get help with this type of question? I'd like to join on principal but I'm your classic broke writer, so the dues feel prohibitive. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 3 answers

What does copywriting pay?

What does copywriting pay? A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing. As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Books describing men of no nation

I'm looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, where the main character claims no country as his/her own [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 2, 2007 - 19 answers

What can I say to a 3rd world child that doesn't make me sound like a braggart?

Do you sponsor a child? What do you write to them? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Nov 28, 2007 - 12 answers

What book writing software exists for Max OSX?

What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Here's to never buying a fabricated greeting card again!

Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Nov 27, 2007 - 2 answers

What type of story wins the Toronto Star's short story contest?

What type of stories win the Toronto Star's short story contest? I mean, beyond what's in the Star's rules and guidelines -- does history show a bias towards a certain subject matter or style, etc.? The judges are from the Humber College creative writing program -- does that mean there are any types of writing that are especially in/out of favour?
posted by winston on Nov 27, 2007 - 0 answers

A huge head and a short stumpy body

What monsters are still scary? When described with words only? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Nov 26, 2007 - 45 answers

All Day I Dream About The two-foldedness of the essence of the active concept of free will.

I need to write a paper about Hegel. An eleven-page paper. I have the knowledge, I have the skills, and I sort of have the time. But what about? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Writing front to back then back to front

Is there a term for writing only on the right-hand page of notebooks then flipping the notebook over and working from back cover to front cover? [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Nov 22, 2007 - 15 answers

What to write to a military pen pal I don't know?

What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 18 answers

help me help this girl pass writing!

I will be tutoring my friend in writing skills. I am not a teacher. HELP PLEASE [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Nov 16, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I be using LaTex instead of MS Word?

I'm currently writing a novel. Should I use LaTex instead of MS Word? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 13, 2007 - 41 answers

Organise my writing

Help me keep my keep my short stories organised, with a view to putting them on a web-page. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Nov 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?

Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?
posted by cheero on Nov 10, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I improve my students' writing?

How can I help students improve their writing via comments on written assignments? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Nov 8, 2007 - 25 answers

I'm writing again, but the song I just composed is not my song.

Should I transcribe what I'm hearing in my head? How? (And should I see a shrink?) [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart on Nov 7, 2007 - 13 answers

How to join a blog network

I would like to start a blog, but I'd like the support of a blog network. Where can I begin? What networks should I contact? Thanks!
posted by lslutsky on Nov 6, 2007 - 8 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

Pissed puss post

Book research: Will cats drink red wine? [more inside]
posted by WPW on Nov 5, 2007 - 43 answers

Help me make sense (reading/writing)

I have problems reading and writing in a linear fashion. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Nov 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me explain when I only want to keep working

I wish for a web site full of pre-written explanations, or links to such collected here, for various good web practices, so that I can send them to my clients (some of whom are pro-bono) when I'm too impatient or frustrated to calmly say why editing the web _shouldn't_ be like editing a "Word" document; or why putting a huge snapshot on their home page isn't a good idea... [more inside]
posted by amtho on Nov 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me learn how to write better in French.

Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Nov 1, 2007 - 1 answer

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