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pw.org — Writing Contests, Grants & Awards   The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.   Poets & Writers: Find Creative Writing Contests, Poetry Contests & Grants|
bit.ly — Writing and Reading Short Stories Instructor(s) Shariann Lewitt MIT Course Number 21W.755 / 21W.757 As Taught In Spring 2012 Level Undergraduate Course Description This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories. Course Home Syllabus Readings Lecture Notes Assignments Download Course Materials Required Text Gioia, Dana, and R. S. Gwynn, eds. The Art of the Short Story. New York, NY: Pearson Longman, 2005. ISBN: 9780321363633.   Lewitt, Shariann. 21W.755 Writing and Reading Short Stories,Spring 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 01 Feb, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
ocw.mit.edu — Introduction to Fiction As taught in: Fall 2003 Instructors: Dr. Wyn Kelley MIT Course Number: 21L.003 Level: Undergraduate Course Description This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works. Course Home Syllabus Calendar Readings Assignments   Kelley, Wyn. 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction,Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 01 Feb, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
2720 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: orson scott card essays on writing writing class. 
hatrack.com — Orson Scott Card's essays on writing.   Writing Lessons   • Formatting Outlines and Manuscripts - Mar 7, 2006 • Third-Person Characters - Sep 28, 2004 • Copyrights - Apr 1, 2004 • Chapter Length - Apr 1, 2004 • Parallel Storylines - Oct 14, 2003 • A Conversation on Character - Oct 14, 2003 • Stories with Soul - Oct 13, 2003 • Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • More in Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • Starting a Short Story - 05 Mar 2003 • Writer's Block - 23 Sep 2002 • Classroom Writing Activities - 10 Apr 2002 • Background - How Much is Too Much - 14 Jan 2002 • Thought vs. Action - 19 Apr 2001 • Distractions from Writing - 15 Mar 2001 • Writing Spec Scripts - 15 Mar 2001 • Inventing Aliens - 15 Mar 2001 • Hot and Cold Third-Person - 15 Mar 2001 • Themes - 2 Aug 2000 • Point of View - 2 Aug 2000 • Your Inner Editor - Aug, 2 2000 • Digital Books - Aug, 2 2000 • Novel Length - Aug 2, 2000 • Plotlines and Ideas - Apr 26, 2000 • The "Maguffin" - Apr 26, 2000 • On Plagiarism, Borrowing, Resemblance, and Influence - Dec 20, 1999 • When is Conflict Good? - Oct 05, 1999 • Inventing Stories - Jan 29, 1999 • Do I need an agent? - Jan 29, 1999 • OSC Critique - Nov 17, 1998 • Beginnings - Oct 29, 1998 • Discussion of Dialogue and Style - Aug 14, 1998 • Does a Writing Career Always Mean Novels? - Jul 16, 1998 • On Rhetoric and Style - May 12, 1998
ow.ly — TheNextBigWriter A Place to Make Your Writing Happen   TheNextBigWriter is a dynamic, supportive private community where writers post their work to receive feedback from other writers and readers. In addition, writers can share ideas and network with one another, start building a fan-base of readers, and receive recognition and rewards - including cash prizes and publishing contracts. This all occurs within a validated password-protected (VPP) site, ensuring that the rights to each author's work are fully preserved, and creating a comfortable, professional environment. Members on the site run the spectrum from beginners to published writers and come from all parts of the world.   Readers on the site have the opportunity to receive a sneak-peek at creative writing in-progress and through their feedback can participate in the process of creating TheNextBigWriter.   The Next Big Writer - Post your writing and see if it makes it to the Top 10.
2767 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Software Editing Writing  Tags: phrases clichés cliché counter phrases counter software 
smart-edit.com — SmartEdit is an automated tool that scans your finished novel or your work in progress and highlights areas that might need closer attention. It runs six individual checks, such as highlighting words or phrases marked by you for monitoring, counting the different dialog tags you have used, counting and highlighting adverbs, and searching out over-used phrases, words and clichés. Download Now >>   It's not a word processor - its sole purpose is to assist you when you edit your work, much like a grammar or spell checker.     The example used in the above screenshot is The Wizard of Oz, available to download for free from The Gutenberg Library.   What exactly does SmartEdit do?   1. Highlights every instance of a word or phrase you have previously told it to monitor   Examples might be form which is often incorrectly typed in place of from, and is never flagged as misspelled by a spell checker, or loose and lose, two more words than often slip through when writing and editing.   All instances of these words or phrases are presented to you in a list for examination, along with a short extract of the sentence for context. This sentence extract is usually sufficient to allow you to decide if there is an error that needs correcting. Double clicking will bring you to the instance in the SmartEdit window.   Monitored words can be added or removed at any time by opening the Lists Dialog from the toolbar. Remember that monitored words are definable by you, and should reflect your own writing style and the common mistakes you yourself make. If you are a poor speller and a fast typist, you might decide to use it to highlight those words you most commonly misspell; if you are prone to confusing two characters' names, you might benefit from adding both names to the Monitored Words list.   2. Dialog Tag Counter   The Dialog Tag Counter counts each instance of a particular tag you use in your dialog. Its purpose is to flag over use of unusual tags. Most published novels that have been run through SmartEdit show a rate of use for said to be about three times as high as any other tag, and in some cases even more.     Only you can decide whether the tags you are using are suitable or a little too colourful, or whether you are using one tag too often, but unusual tags is something you might want to look at, and SmartEdit highlights them for you. As with Monitored Words, they are fully customisable.   3. Cliché Counter, Over-used Phrase and Word Frequency Counter   The Cliché Counter, as the name suggest, scans your work for clichés and tells you how many of each it finds. The cliché list is not comprehensive and on occaision throws up false positives, but the numbers of clichés found is usually quite low. If it's not, you might want to look into the reasons why - maybe you are working on a novel about a man who speaks only in clichés!     The Phrase and Word Counters pull off lists of phrases and words that appear again and again in your writing. The purpose of this check is to highlight those phrases and words that you might be using too often. A recent popular novel from a New York Times best selling author (which I am not going to name), had over one hundred and fifty instances of the phrase on the other hand. The book itself drove me almost crazy while reading it and it wasn't until running it through SmartEdit that I began to realise why.     The Phrase and Word Counters are fully configurable. As well as being able to edit the list of words and phrases that are not included when scanning, you can specify what constitutes a repeat. For example: a phrase that occurs more than four times and contains more than three words.   4. Adverb Counter   The Adverb Counter occupies the bottom of the window alongside the Monitored Word list, and is a useful method of identifying adverbs that are used too frequently, or that probably shouldn't be used at all. The list is sorted alphabetically, so you can see immediately if you are using specific adverbs too much or in the wrong places. The list is customisable, and includes most '-ly' adverbs.   5. File Types and Other Stuff   SmartEdit opens and saves RTF files. Every word processor on the planet (including MS Word) has an option to save your work as an RTF file. SmartEdit will not open a DOC or DOCX file. To work with DOC or DOCX files, you must either copy and paste into the SmartEdit window, or save your file first as an RTF document. The app works with text only, so if you open an existing RTF file that contains unusual formatting such as footnotes or tables, you can expect that extra formatting to be thrashed on saving. Consider yourself warned! If you're planning to edit within SmartEdit, it's always best to use a copy of your working file rather than the one and only.   The results of a scan can be saved to an external file and referenced later when you are editing your work in MS Word or some other writing software. SmartEdit itself is not a word processor, but it does allow you to save the contents of the main editor as an RTF file.   SmartEdit is free (for now). Why is it free? It's an offshoot of PageFour, which contains some of its functionality. It may be expanded on in the future to include more automated editing functions, at which point I might decide to charge for it. For now, it's free, can be installed on your PC or on a thumb drive, and contains no licensing or phone home functionality.   Download Now - Windows 7, Vista, XP © 2011-2012 Bad Wolf Software
2794 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writing  Tags: writing how to write a book writing tools 
how-to-write-a-book-now.com — How to Write a Book Now -- Tools for Emerging Authors How to Write a Book – Easily, Passionately, Skillfully … Starting Now!     Learning how to write a book can seem like a daunting task. Whether you came to this site because you have an original idea you hope to turn into a nonfiction bestseller, or you want to learn how to write a novel without getting stuck after the first two chapters, we’re here to help.   As lifelong writers who entered the book writing business after decades of artistic floundering, we know too well the difficulties you face when writing a book for the first time…or even the second time (say, when your publisher wants you to churn out a quick follow-up to your first success).   We understand that a great book must be original – both in content and voice, and that you must let your passionate muse take you on a journey towards a book that is truly unique. At the same time, writing a book does not have to be like an off-road journey, with no map or signposts to help you reach your destination in a timely manner. You can benefit greatly from the wisdom of other writers, as well as writing tools and techniques that help you write a book more quickly, and improve your writing style. The trick is to know when to apply this knowledge, and when not to let “rules,” “theory,” or the fear of not being good enough drive you into that paralysis we call writer’s block.   There is a balance between structure and passion, between obsessive planning and writing with no forethought at all, between being too proud to learn and undervaluing your own talent. And we can help you find it. We believe everyone has at least one book in them worthy of being manifested.   Throughout this site, you’ll discover how to write a book using the best writing tips, writing exercises, and writing strategies we know. You'll learn streamline the writing process without resorting to narrow formulas or clichés. We have taken some of the most sophisticated writing theory and insights and translated them into fun and easy writing exercises that can help you plan and write a book you can be proud of – whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, writing for children or adults, writing for money or for personal satisfaction.   Once you have a manuscript you feel is ready to show the world, we’ll provide information on how to write a book proposal, how to write a book synopsis, and important advice for approaching agents and publishers. You’ll also learn about self-publishing as an option – and the many pitfalls to avoid when pursuing it. And we’ll present the best book writing resources the web has to offer, including our recommended book writing software, contests, online courses, and more.   We invite you to explore the writing resources featured on this site. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding considerably more in the months ahead.   But first, let us share with you one all-important secret …   The only way to write a book is to start writing now. The book of 1,000 pages starts with a single word. It may not be a word that ever gets published, but that first word may lead you to an idea, which becomes a paragraph, which becomes a chapter. (J.R.R. Tolkien began with a single sentence, scribbled on the back of an exam paper he was marking. J.K Rowling began with an idea that came to her on a train, an idea she refused to let go of.) If you truly want to learn how to write a book – the best book you can – begin today with one easy action. Maybe do an exercise you find by clicking one of the links on this page. There’s no telling where it could lead you.   “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” -- Seneca
aaronline.org — AAR Is The Professional Organization For Literary And Dramatic Agents The AAR was formed . . . . . . in 1991 through the merger of the Society of Authors' Representatives, founded in 1928, and the Independent Literary Agents Association, founded in 1977. The AAR has three prime objectives: To keep agents informed of changing conditions in publishing, the theater, the motion picture and television industries and related fields. To encourage cooperation among literary organizations. To assist agents in representing the interests of their author-clients. To qualify for AAR membership an agent must meet professional standards specified in the organization's By-Laws and agree to subscribe to the AAR Canon of Ethics. The Canon of Ethics . . . is established in order to ensure that agents fulfill in a straightforward manner all obligations they undertake in relation to their clients. The AAR does not intend to and cannot regulate the commissions, fees, services or other competitive business practices of its members nor interfere in the agent-client relationship. Our Mission The Association of Authors' Representatives is a not-for-profit organization of qualified literary agents and dramatic representatives of authors, dramatists and other creators and owners of intellectual property. Our Canon of Ethics governs the conduct of our members. We function through our By-Laws, which provide for governance through a Board of Directors, elected by Members, supported by appointed Committees. The Board appoints liaisons to other organizations in the publishing, entertainment and information industries to help identify issues of mutual concern and to enable our organizations to work together whenever possible. We provide our members with information, education and support. Through persuasion and advocacy we work to protect and enhance the best interests of our clients. We affirm the full individuality of our members and their freedom to act on their clients' behalf, subject to our Canon of Ethics and its definition of each individual's obligation to uphold integrity and the highest professional standards in all business dealings. Are you an author? A producer? A publisher? Find An Agent
celtx.com — #1 choice for media pre-production. Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.   Free screenwriting software storyboard schedule.   Multi-Media Friendly Celtx helps you produce all types of media — film, video, documentary, theatre, novels, machinima, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, podcasts, and however else you choose to tell your story. All In One You can use Celtx for the entire production process — write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew. Fully Integrated Celtx is designed to help your entire production team work together on a single, easy to share project file — eliminating the confusion of multiple project files, and the need for 'paper and binder'. The Complete Media Pre-Production System Celtx on your desktop delivers the most fluid writing experience — you can always keep your fingers moving as fast as your thoughts and your creative flow is never interrupted. Celtx Studios makes it simple to share projects, manage workflow, and securely store your work. And Celtx Script for the iPhone/iPad lets you write on the move, and sync scripts with your desktop and your Studio. Non-Linear Project Development Celtx puts a choice of fully integrated development tools right at your fingertips, giving you total flexibility to determine how your story takes shape. World Community of Media Creators More than 1,000,000 media creators in 170 countries create with Celtx in 30 different languages. Celtx is used by independent filmmakers and studio professionals, and by students in over 1,800 universities and film schools — many that have adopted Celtx for teaching and class work submission.
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