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OMG my paper is teh suxors!!!!!

Does anyone hear have experience working with and/or setting up a synchronous online component for a college writing center? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Sep 10, 2006 - 3 answers

 

Roehampton Creative Writing Masters

What do you know/think about the University of Roehampton, London? Most especially I am interested in its School of Arts, and its MA in Creative and Professional Writing.... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 7, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I pitch ideas to a TV producer?

Pitching to TV: I'm a writer and used to pitching ideas for magazines (mostly print) and then writing the story, sending the invoice, and getting paid. I have a great opportunity to pitch ideas for a TV show (on public television). The show is already in production and has money for next season lined up. Has anyone transitioned from print to TV? How do I charge money for this? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Sep 5, 2006 - 4 answers

What music is stuck in your head?

You are an American female born in 1983 or 1986. What music resonates for you? For why I want to know, there's [more inside]
posted by lhauser on Sep 5, 2006 - 38 answers

Teaching Blogging to Writers

OK, I'm teaching a 3-hour seminar on blogging--to be specific, it's not about the technical aspect, but for writers hoping to use a blog to promote and enhance their own writing. What should I be sure to touch upon? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Sep 1, 2006 - 8 answers

Remixed literature?

Has anyone vastly improved -- or just changed -- someone else's already published writing by editing? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Aug 30, 2006 - 25 answers

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote.

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Aug 28, 2006 - 0 answers

What are the copyright rules governing a stage adaptation?

What copyright issues are associated with writing a stage adaptation of a classic 1950's horror story? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 25, 2006 - 11 answers

Avoiding plagiarism - specific questions on attribution...

I am writing a book - a non-academic, non-fiction book. I am using lots of academic materials as sources, and generally I simply mention the source in the text when I am quoting directly - or summarizing an original idea contained in the source (I use footnotes when the attribution requires more info and interrupts the flow of the story I am telling.) I am, of course, especially concerned with the issue of plagiarism - I am keeping my notes tidy, attributing as above, and otherwise following the various rules I've read in the different handbooks for academic writing I've studied. But here are two questions.... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Aug 25, 2006 - 11 answers

What's that site like word.com but with more drugs and sex (and none of those cool daily animations)?

What's that site with web-fomat short stories, usually at least somewhat autobiographical, and accompanied by illustrations--in the vein of the old word.com Work content? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights on Aug 25, 2006 - 4 answers

Clips prep and storage for freelancer

Freelancers, how do you store the original copies of your clips? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Aug 24, 2006 - 7 answers

The best printers for writers?

The best printers for writers? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Aug 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me design a course on writing

This September I'll be teaching a workshop on writing skills at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Help me design and choose some great readings for the course! [more inside]
posted by josh on Aug 22, 2006 - 8 answers

How can I win this writing bursary?

How can I win this writing bursary? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Aug 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Quit accusing me of stealing your photo credit

I've been accused of something I didn't do: passing off someone's photograph as my own in a publication I write for. What's the best way to refute this, and how can I keep it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2006 - 22 answers

Famous Writing Habits?

Famous Writing Habits? I come across sites dealing with a few here and there but there is no great collection I can find. Common examples: Hemingway's habit/belief of 500 words per day, Faulkner drinking whiskey whilst writing, Balzac drinking 10+ espressos a day, Thomas Wolfe's habit of writing standing up and his prolixity (so much so that Max Perkins had to substantially edit his work). Certain writers lived philosophies on first drafts/revisions, words/hours per day, etc etc. I have no problem locating famous quotes, but I'm more interested in info about actual behaviors. Hope that sounds right. Thank You in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Aug 13, 2006 - 27 answers

Do I contact the publisher of a book I found my writing in?

So my writing is in a book-filter. I found out a couple of months ago that a piece of writing I did for a fairly popular website was republished in its humor collection. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Aug 11, 2006 - 12 answers

A newer, better book out there?

I was going to get a few copies of John A. Brogan's 'Clear Technical Writing' (out of print) for teaching a class at work, but want to ask you all whether there's a better, more recent tech writing primer you can recommend...thanks. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Aug 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Free essay editing?

Is their a free service that will edit my essay? [more inside]
posted by benji on Aug 8, 2006 - 19 answers

Is it possible to recover one's blogging mojo?

Boy starts blogging. Boy enjoys blogging. Primary subject of blog becomes tiresome. Boy starts losing interest in blogging ... [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Aug 4, 2006 - 30 answers

Why do so many people always use lower case letters when using the net?

Why do so many people use all lower case letters on the net and in emails? [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Aug 4, 2006 - 89 answers

Writing better dialogue

Help me write dialogue! [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Aug 2, 2006 - 18 answers

Are "office"-type businesses for writers a good idea?

Does anyone know of spaces (offices/cafes/whatever) geared specifically to writers? I know of theOffice in Santa Monica. Any others you know of? Links? Also, if you've frequented such a place, what were your impressions? If you're a writer, what would get you into such a place? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Aug 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Is there a way I can work both these jobs without killing myself?

Is there a way I can work both these jobs without killing myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2006 - 29 answers

How do I de-register an ISBN?

A book I wrote was going to get published but then the publisher went out of business. Before they went under the publisher assigned my book an ISBN, so the never-published book still appears in various databases. How do I de-register the ISBN and remove it from the web?
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jul 31, 2006 - 9 answers

What essays for freshman composition?

Pimp my freshman composition class: what essays would you put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Jul 27, 2006 - 30 answers

I want to convert from Word to Pages

I'm a professional writer and book editor. I'd like to buy an Apple Mini and at long last get out of the grips of Microsoft. This means I want to use Pages as well. Does anyone have experience converting from Word to Pages.? [more inside]
posted by partner on Jul 19, 2006 - 16 answers

Troubleshootin The Tale: Temperature Traveler

Abstract Thinking Filter: So I created this creature that travels by temperature instead of time, so to speak. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jul 18, 2006 - 29 answers

rubbing elbows with the gods.

How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Jul 18, 2006 - 18 answers

Any other writers who have the same writing style as Theroux ?

Any other writers write like Paul Theroux ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 12, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me find some brown-ink pens!

I'm not sure if these even exist - but is anyone aware of either ballpoint or rollerball pens that come in brown ink? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jul 11, 2006 - 12 answers

Know of any good journals?

Does anyone know of good blank writing journal (moleskine-esque) companies? PLEASE HELP [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on Jul 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Copywrite hints and tips

So I asked this question about writing software more than a year ago. I finally decided on Copy Write. Now I need hints, tips, or any tutorial you can point me to. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Jul 1, 2006 - 5 answers

I won't shoot spitwads at Charece.

Do schools still make children write the same sentence over and over again as a form of punishment (ala Bart Simpson in the opening credits)? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Jun 30, 2006 - 35 answers

Which style of writing is best?

HelpMyWritingFilter: Am I overthinking or do I actually need these extra words of clarification when it comes to writing fiction? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 29, 2006 - 41 answers

What should I do with my play?

I've written a play. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 27, 2006 - 12 answers

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Why do many syndicated articles and press releases end with "###"? And what is it called?
posted by honorguy7 on Jun 26, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I become a better writer?

How can I become a better writer? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Jun 25, 2006 - 23 answers

Kick-start my brain!

How do you kick-start creative brainstorming? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jun 21, 2006 - 21 answers

Both Sides Now

I have this little trick I do. I draw and write with both hands at the same time, my left hand mirroring the movements of my right. I also find it a lot easier writing notes backward with my left hand. Is there a name for this, and is this kind of symmetrical left/right thing common?
posted by maryh on Jun 6, 2006 - 12 answers

Writing a band biography

I'd like to write a book about a band. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Jun 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Other sites like Fiction Bitch?

Show me the way to other writing critique web sites, where there are red-lined drafts of writing samples, or even better, rewrites of less-than-stellar writing. [more inside]
posted by Khalad on Jun 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Citing an unpublished manuscript

I have a copy of a manuscript that has not yet been published. It's an unedited draft, but in the final stages (proofreading and some copyediting needs to be done, but I think that's mostly it). I want to cite some statistics from it (on a blog post). Is that copasetic?
posted by snortlebort on Jun 4, 2006 - 17 answers

How can I make my writing accessible to readers?

How can I make my symbolic/abstract writing style more accessible to readers, so that they won't turn away from my stories in boredom? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jun 2, 2006 - 58 answers

Writing for about.com?

Is it worth my while applying to be an about.com Guide? [more inside]
posted by different on Jun 1, 2006 - 2 answers

Are there eBay-like sites that host auctions for writing and ad space?

PublishingAuctionFilter: I'm looking for online, eBay-like auction companies/sites that allow: a) writers to auction articles/books to publishers (of books, magazines, newspapers, websites, whatever); b) publishers to auction licensed articles/books to other publishers (ditto); c) publishers to auction ad space to advertisers (“media buyers,” as they say). I've got one so far: eBay is setting up a system to do C. Anyone have A or B? Thanx.
posted by MarshallPoe on May 30, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I find work as a gaming journalist?

My two true talents are writing and spending entirely too much time on videogames. Help this flakey fanboy combine his pointless pursuits for profit. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 23, 2006 - 16 answers

Should I sell handwritten stories?

Someone has asked to buy some paper I've written on... A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 23, 2006 - 35 answers

The first draft of anything is sh-t

I just finished the first draft of the second half of my first book. Now I have to revise it, and I have to revise it good. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on May 21, 2006 - 3 answers

...because the world needs another emo singer/songwriter

How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on May 19, 2006 - 17 answers

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