The Portable MFA in Creative Writing

Covering fiction, memoirs, personal essays, magazine articles, poetry, and playwriting, this book provides you with: • Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina, and productivity • Clear instruction on the craft behind the art • ...

Author: New New York Writers Workshop

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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Get the core knowledge of a prestigious MFA education without the tuition. Have you always wanted to get an MFA, but couldn't because of the cost, time commitment, or admission requirements? Well now you can fulfill that dream without having to devote tons of money or time. The Portable MFA gives you all of the essential information you would learn in the MFA program in one book. Covering fiction, memoirs, personal essays, magazine articles, poetry, and playwriting, this book provides you with: • Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina, and productivity • Clear instruction on the craft behind the art • Detailed reading lists to expand your literary horizons • Exercises to improve your writing endeavors By heeding the advice in The Portable MFA, you will gain the wisdom and experience of some of today's greatest teachers, all for just the price of a book.

The Poets Writers Guide to MFA Programs

This essential handbook, revised and updated for 2010, provides everything you need to know about deciding where and how to apply to the best graduate creative writing programs for you. -The top programs in the United States.


Publisher: Poets & Writers Inc




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This essential handbook, revised and updated for 2010, provides everything you need to know about deciding where and how to apply to the best graduate creative writing programs for you. -The top programs in the United States. -How to decide where to apply. -Advice on preparing your application. -A look at PhD programs in writing. -Tips on becoming a teaching assistant. -How to get the most out of your MFA experience. A collection of articles edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, this handy resource includes straightforward advice from professionals in the literary field, additional resources to help you choose the best programs to apply to, and an application tracker to keep you organized throughout the process.

Handbook of Creative Writing

George, Elizabeth (2005), Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life, New York: HarperCollins. ... The New York Writers Workshop (2006), The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, Cincinnati: Writer's Digest.

Author: Steven Earnshaw

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748689774

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 560

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In this new edition 54 chapters cover the central pillars of writing creatively: the theories behind the creativity, the techniques and writing as a commercial enterprise. With contributions from over 50 poets, novelists, dramatists, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and scholars, this is the essential guide to writing and getting published. DT A 3-in-1 text with outstanding breadth of coverage on the theories, the craft & the business of creative writing DT Includes practical advice on getting published & making money from your writing New for this edition: DT Chapters on popular topics such as 'self-publishing and the rise of the indie author', 'social media', 'flash fiction', 'song lyrics', 'creative-critical hybrids' and 'collaboration in the theatre' DT New and updated exercises to help you practice your writing DT Up-to-date information on teaching, copyright, writing for the web & earning a living as a writer DT Updated Glossary of Terms

The Ambitious Writer s Guide to Overcoming Creative Blocks and Building a Writing Routine that Works

... Art by Steven Pressfield The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert On Writing by Stephen King Books to Enhance your Writing Practice The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, New York Writer's Workshop Writing the ...

Author: Katie Klein

Publisher: Katie Klein Books


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Be Inspired. Be Bold. Break Through. What do Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald have in common? Writer’s Block. Yes, in addition to being bestselling and/or celebrated authors, each of these writers admitted to suffering from writer’s block at some point in their literary careers. In fact, writers of every caliber have faced a creative block at intervals throughout their journeys, but when it happens to us—when a project stalls, when the right words refuse to manifest, when the page remains empty—the doubt creeps in. What is happening? becomes What am I even doing? becomes Why am I even bothering? There is, however, a way out. The Ambitious Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Creative Blocks and Building a Writing Routine that Works not only breaks down the components of a creative block—what it is and isn’t, how it affects us, and how we can move past it—but also offers insights into the creative process, inspiration for writers at any stage, and tips for kick-starting a stalled writing practice. So if you’ve hit that proverbial wall in your current project, if the new project doesn’t want to transfer from your head to the page, or even if you want to safeguard yourself so the creative blocks are fewer and farther between, then this book was written with you in mind. Keywords: writing, writer’s block, creativity, personal success, writing reference, authorship, writing skills, creativity self-help, 2-hour reads

Developing Story Ideas

Prose Fiction The barriers to writing prose fiction are less obviously technical than writing for film and theatre, but this is surely misleading. ... The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. 2006. North, Audra. The Romance Writer's ...

Author: Michael Rabiger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317351474

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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The vast majority of screenplay and writing books that focus on story development have little to say about the initial concept that inspired the piece. Developing Story Ideas: The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, Third Edition provides writers with ideational tools and resources to generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. Celebrated filmmaker and author Michael Rabiger demonstrates how to observe situations and themes in the writer’s own life experience, and use these as the basis for original storytelling. This new edition has been updated with chapters on adaptation, improvisation, and cast collaboration’s roles in story construction, as well as a companion website featuring further projects, class assignments, instructor resources, and more. Gain the practical tools and resources you need to spark your creativity and generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms, including screenplays, documentaries, novels, short stories, and plays Through hands-on, step-by-step exercises and group and individual assignments, learn to use situations and themes from your own life experience, dreams, myth, and the news as the basis for character-driven storytelling; harness methods of screenplay format, dialogue, plot structure, and character development that will allow your stories to reach their fullest potential

Teaching and Researching Writing

on either fiction or poetry, although screenwriting and playwriting courses are also available in some programmes. ... New York Writers Workshop (2006) Portable MFA in creative writing. Cincinnati, OH: Writers Digest Books.

Author: Ken Hyland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317509295

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

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This third edition of Teaching and Researching Writing continues to build upon the previous editions’ work of providing educators and practitioners in applied linguistics with a clearly written and complete guide to writing research and teaching. The text explores both theoretical and conceptual questions, grapples with key issues in the field today, and demonstrates the dynamic relationship between research and teaching methods and practice. This revised third edition has been reorganized to incorporate new topics, including discussions of technology, identity, and error correction, as well as new chapters to address the innovative directions the field has taken since the previous edition’s publication. Boxes throughout, including "Concepts" and "Quotes", help to both reinforce readers’ understanding of the topics covered by highlighting key ideas and figures in the field, while the updated glossary and resource sections allow readers to further investigate areas of interest. This updated edition of Teaching and Researching Writing is the ideal resource for language teachers, practitioners, and researchers to better understand and apply writing research theories, methods, and practices.

Talking Art

Quoted by Tim Tomlinson, “The MFA vs. the Portable MFA,” in New York Writers Workshop, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing (New York: Writer's Digest Books, 2006), 1–10, quotation on 1. Noah Bradley, “Don't Go to Art School,” 26 June ...

Author: Gary Alan Fine

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226560359

Category: Art

Page: 288

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In Talking Art, acclaimed ethnographer Gary Alan Fine gives us an eye-opening look at the contemporary university-based master’s-level art program. Through an in-depth analysis of the practice of the critique and other aspects of the curriculum, Fine reveals how MFA programs have shifted the goal of creating art away from beauty and toward theory. Contemporary visual art, Fine argues, is no longer a calling or a passion—it’s a discipline, with an academic culture that requires its practitioners to be verbally skilled in the presentation of their intentions. Talking Art offers a remarkable and disconcerting view into the crucial role that universities play in creating that culture.

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific

The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block Hillary Rettig ... Tomlinson, inThe Portable MFA in Creative Writing, says literary agentNoah Lukeman always answers those who ask him what he thinks ...

Author: Hillary Rettig

Publisher: Infinite Art


Category: Self-Help

Page: 188

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You are not lazy, undisciplined, or uncommitted! Procrastination, perfectionism, and writer's block are habits rooted in scarcity and fear. If you know the seven secrets of the prolific, you can "magically" recover all the energy, discipline, and commitment you thought you had lost. Author, coach and workshop leader Hillary Rettig characterizes, in great detail and depth, the major causes of underproductivity, including: procrastination, perfectionism, resource scarcity, time scarcity, an ineffective writing process, bias, ambivalence, internalized oppression, traumatic rejection, and exploitative career paths. Then she tells you how to conquer each. The solutions are: 1. Identify and Overcome Perfectionism 2. Abundantly Resource Yourself 3. Manage Your Time 4. Optimize Your Writing Process 5. Understand and Claim Your Identity as a Writer 6. Cultivate Resilience in the Face of Rejection and Harsh Criticism, and 7. Create a Liberated Career. Those are the 7 Secrets of the Prolific! And whether you write fiction or nonfiction, or poetry, screenplays or something else - or whether you write for business or school - those secrets will help you speed your output, lower your stress, and bring you joy and fulfillment. Special sections include: *writing on the Internet (and how to withstand the Internet's harsh culture) *coping with the many clueless and/or challenging comments and questions people direct to writers (e.g., "When will you get that thing done?") and, *Publishing Without Perishing, a special Appendix just for graduate students and other academic writers.

The Holocaust Short Story

New York Writers Workshop. The Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Improve Your Craft with the Core Essentials Taught to MFA Students. Cincinnati, O.H.: Writer's Digest Books, 2006. Noakes, Jeremy, and Geoffrey Pridham.

Author: Mary Catherine Mueller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000729979

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 122

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The Holocaust Short Story is the only book devoted entirely to representations of the Holocaust in the short story genre. The book highlights how the explosiveness of the moment captured in each short story is more immediate and more intense, and therefore recreates horrifying emotional reactions for the reader. The main themes confronted in the book deal with the collapse of human relationships, the collapse of the home, and the dying of time in the monotony and angst of surrounding death chambers. The book thoroughly introduces the genres of both the short story and Holocaust writing, explaining the key features and theories in the area. Each chapter then looks at the stories in detail, including work by Ida Fink, Tadeusz Borowski, Rokhl Korn, Frume Halpern, and Cynthia Ozick. This book is essential reading for anyone working on Holocaust literature, trauma studies, Jewish studies, Jewish literature, and the short story genre.

The Portable Writers Conference

The best writing will be successful. I look forward to seeing your novel on the bookstore shelves. Adam Marsh is a graduate of the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State. Upon graduation he was hired as in-house editor ...

Author: Stephen Blake Mettee

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 426

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More than 45 agent, editor, and author-written chapters--called workshops in the book--provide instruction on the writing craft and the business of getting published.

2007 Writer s Market

WRITER'S Title HELPER The Writer's Little Helper : Everything You Need to Know to Write Better and Get Published ... With sound , nuts - and - bolts instruction and real - world career advice , The Portable MFA in Creative Writing is ...

Author: Robert Brewer

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974276

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1184

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A guide for the freelance writer, listing pertinent information about publications and editors

The Crafty Poet II A Portable Workshop

She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Martha Silano is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia, 2014).

Author: Diane Lockward

Publisher: Terrapin Books

ISBN: 9780997666670

Category: Poetry

Page: 327

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The Crafty Poet II is organized into ten sections, beginning with "Revising Your Process." That section is followed by one on "Entryways into Poems" which considers how a poet might get going with a poem and how a poet might pull in a reader with humor and enticing titles. There is in-depth discussion of the importance of choosing the right words; using syntax, line breaks, and spacing to advantage; and enhancing the music of poems. There is a meaty section on how to add complication to your poems, another on how to divert or transform your poems from their original intention, and another on special forms of poems. In "Expanding the Material" three poets consider how to write poetic sequences using paintings, photographs, and history. The final section, "Revision," moves beyond the usual advice to "get rid of adjectives" as one poet offers ways to revise via sound, another offers a series of expansion strategies, and, finally, poet Dick Allen issues a warning against excessive revision. All ten sections include three craft tips, each provided by an experienced, accomplished poet. Each of these thirty craft tips is followed by a Model poem and a Prompt based on the poem. Each model poem is used as a mentor, expressing the underlying philosophy of the book that the best teacher of poetry is a good poem. Each prompt is followed by two Sample poems which suggest the possibilities for the prompts and should provide for good discussion about what works and what doesn't. Each section includes a Poet on the Poem Q&A about the craft elements in one of the featured poet's poems. Each section concludes with a Bonus Prompt, each of which provides a stimulus on those days when you just can't get your engine started.

Poets Writers

... The Portable MFA in Creative Writing The New York Writers Workshop Sound writing lessons and real - world career advice on topics such as magazine writing , memoir and personal essay , poetry , fiction and playwriting , $ 16.99 .



ISBN: STANFORD:36105123032000

Category: Authors, American


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Composition Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities

Put simply: how are colleges and universities adapting their undergraduate, MFA, and PhD programs to these developments? Creative writing, as it works out a more sophisticated understanding of the role digital technologies have played ...

Author: Adam Koehler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472591968

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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In an era of blurred generic boundaries, multimedia storytelling, and open-source culture, creative writing scholars stand poised to consider the role that technology-and the creative writer's playful engagement with technology-has occupied in the evolution of its theory and practice. Composition, Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities is the first book to bring these three fields together to open up new opportunities and directions for creative writing studies. Placing the rise of Creative Writing Studies alongside the rise of the digital humanities in Composition/Rhetoric, Adam Koehler shows that the use of new media and its attendant re-evaluation of fundamental assumptions in the field stands to guide Creative Writing Studies into a new era. Covering current developments in composition and the digital humanities, this book re-examines established assumptions about process, genre, authority/authorship and pedagogical practice in the creative writing classroom.

Portraits of Canadian Writers

Fast-forward ten years to a winter morning when I was trying to establish the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Someone knocked on the frame of the portable partition that defined my ...

Author: Bruce Meyer

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

ISBN: 9780889848382

Category: Photography

Page: 208

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Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Ray Robertson, Bronwen Wallace—these are just a few authors whose unforgettable words have made them icons of Canadian literary expression. In Portraits of Canadian Writers, Bruce Meyer presents his own personal experience of these and many more seminal Canadian authors, sharing their portraits alongside amusing anecdotes that reveal personality, creativity, and humour. Meyer’s snapshots, both visual and textual, reveal far more than just physical appearance. He captures tantalizing glimpses into the creative lives of writers, from contextual information of place and time to more intangible details that reveal persona, personality and sources of imaginative inspiration. Through these portraits, Meyer has amassed a visual archive of CanLit that illustrates and celebrates an unparalleled generation of Canadian authorship.

Chariton Review 37 1

Andrew Kindiger is currently a technical writer in the Kansas City area. He will enter an MFA program in creative writing this fall, concentrating in poetry at the University of New Orleans. He continues to be inspired by a range of ...

Author: Truman State University Press

Publisher: Truman State University Press


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 122

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Chariton Review Spring 2014

The Peanuts Papers Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown Snoopy the Gang and the Meaning of Life

She teaches in the MFA Fiction Writing Program at Columbia University and the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. SETH is the cartoonist behind the long-running comic-book series Palookaville.

Author: Andrew Blauner

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598536171

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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A one-of-a-kind celebration of America's greatest comic strip--and the life lessons it can teach us--from a stellar array of writers and artists Over the span of fifty years, Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that is one of the indisputable glories of American popular culture—hilarious, poignant, inimitable. Some twenty years after the last strip appeared, the characters Schulz brought to life in Peanuts continue to resonate with millions of fans, their beguiling four-panel adventures and television escapades offering lessons about happiness, friendship, disappointment, childhood, and life itself. In The Peanuts Papers, thirty-three writers and artists reflect on the deeper truths of Schulz’s deceptively simple comic, its impact on their lives and art and on the broader culture. These enchanting, affecting, and often quite personal essays show just how much Peanuts means to its many admirers—and the ways it invites us to ponder, in the words of Sarah Boxer, “how to survive and still be a decent human being” in an often bewildering world. Featuring essays, memoirs, poems, and two original comic strips, here is the ultimate reader’s companion for every Peanuts fan. Featuring: Jill Bialosky Lisa Birnbach Sarah Boxer Jennifer Finney Boylan Ivan Brunetti Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Rich Cohen Gerald Early Umberto Eco Jonathan Franzen Ira Glass Adam Gopnik David Hajdu Bruce Handy David Kamp Maxine Hong Kingston Chuck Klosterman Peter D. Kramer Jonathan Lethem Rick Moody Ann Patchett Kevin Powell Joe Queenan Nicole Rudick George Saunders Elissa Schappell Seth Janice Shapiro Mona Simpson Leslie Stein Clifford Thompson David L. Ulin Chris Ware

Establishing Creative Writing Studies as an Academic Discipline

How are creative writing educators to connect with students who are preoccupied with a virtual rather than a physical world, students who are more likely to skip university lectures and less likely to go to the library and check out a ...

Author: Dianne Donnelly

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847695925

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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This book advances creative writing studies as a developing field of inquiry, scholarship, and research. It discusses the practice of creative writing studies, the establishment of a body of professional knowledge, and the goals and future direction of the discipline within the academy. This book also traces the development of creative writing studies; noting that as the new discipline matures—as it refers to evidence of its own research methodology and collective data, and locates its authority in its own scholarship—creative writing studies will bring even more meaning to the academy, its profession, and its student body.