Writing the Pilot

"Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script" --

Author: William Rabkin

Publisher: Moon & Sun & Whiskey, Incorporated

ISBN: 0615533612

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 90

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Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.

Writing the Pilot

But it's not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.

Author: William Rabkin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1546599509

Category: Television authorship

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When I finished Writing the Pilot a few years back, I figured I'd managed to cram everything I had to say on the subject in that little 90-page package. But that was 2011, and in the years that have passed, a lot has changed about the television business.And when I say "a lot," I mean everything. The way series are bought. The way series are conceived. The way stories are told. The way series are consumed. The kinds of stories that can be told. The limitations on content at every level. The limitations on form at every level. And maybe most important of all: The restriction on who is allowed to sell a series.What's far more confusing about the future is that there are as many changes in the business models for "broadcasters" out there, and no one knows which ones will prevail. And the changes in the delivery model are actually affecting the way our viewers watch our shows - and that in turn is affecting the shows that are being bought and produced. It turns out that we approach a series differently if we're going to binge an entire season in three days instead of taking it week by week. And while you might leap to the conclusion that this only applies to shows produced for Netflix, that's actually not true - the market for syndicated reruns on independent and cable channels is mostly dead, and the afterlife for almost every drama currently produced will be on a streaming service. So in those cases you are writing for two completely different audiences.And this is only the beginning of the forces that are changing the ways stories are told on television these days. Who could have guessed, for example, that a change in the way networks count their viewers would result in a huge acceleration in the pace of storytelling? Or that an overabundance of outlets would lead to a complete liberalization of the kinds of stories that would be allowed to serve as foundation for a series?TV drama storytelling has been changing constantly since the turn of the millennium, but the pace of that change seems to accelerate with every passing television season - except that there really isn't any such thing as a television season anymore. Series are getting bigger and faster - and also slower and smaller. A hit show from even five years ago can look hopelessly dated in this new world. And the only thing that's certain is that everything is going to keep changing. Well - almost everything. Because the one constant in this new television world is the need for great writing. Strong concepts, rich characters, intriguing plots. And more even than great writing: a voice. There's a desperate hunger out there for a fresh, original vision, something that can cut through the clutter of all those hundreds of other shows out there.But in order for that voice to be yours, you've got to understand how TV writing has changed - and what it may be changing to. That's why I've written this book. I believe that almost all of what I said in Writing the Pilot still applies, but right now it feels there's a lot to talk about that wasn't even a fantasy back in 2011. This book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business - and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling. I'm going to be talking about all the changes I listed above, and how they may - how they must - affect your pilot.In many ways, this is the greatest time in the history of our art form to be a TV writer. There are no limits to the stories you can tell or the ways you can tell them. But beneath what appears to be a market in chaos, there are still rules that guide our storytelling - and you can't get into the game before you master them.

Automatic Pilot

His knowledge of the industry is invaluable. Anytime I need any advice with a project, Bill Taub is my main source. Whoever reads this book will know more about writing pilots than people who spend years studying.

Author: Bill Taub

Publisher:

ISBN: 0986241202

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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"Bill's book is the best no frills, no b.s. primer on writing for television that I've read. Consciously or not, over the years I've followed every one of his how to's, to apparently good effect. This book is as close to the truth as you get in this business." -- Rene Balcer, Emmy and Peabody award-winning Showrunner for Law & Order and Creator of Law & Order: Criminal Intent "When it comes to comedy, Bill Taub knows what he's talking about. He also knows what he's writing about which will make anyone reading this book a funnier writer." -- Neal Israel, Writer-Director, Police Academy, Bachelor Party, Real Genius "Bill Taub is one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood. His knowledge of the industry is invaluable. Anytime I need any advice with a project, Bill Taub is my main source. Whoever reads this book will know more about writing pilots than people who spend years studying." -- Jamie Masada, Founder & CEO, Laugh Factory Automatic Pilot is not only an insider's guide on how to create an original pilot, it's a book that will inspire you, motivate you, and help you discover (or rediscover) a sense of freedom and joy in pilot writing, no matter what stage you're at -- whether you're new to the writing world or a jaded pro. Up until the hit series Desperate Housewives burst on the scene and became an instant hit, nobody encouraged writers to write television pilots on spec. Since then, the floodgates have opened. Now, every writer either has written, is currently writing, or is thinking about writing a spec pilot -- and that includes some of the biggest names in the business! Automatic Pilot guides you through the step-by-step process of writing an original television pilot. It's adapted from Bill Taub's very successful UCLA Online Workshop, Writing A Spec Pilot, which he has been teaching to students all over the globe since 2006. Like the workshop itself, Automatic Pilot is designed to work for all television markets and platforms. Whether you are writing about Congress or Parliament, the CIA or MI-5, a family in Bangladesh or Brooklyn, for network, cable, online or on-demand, you have to go through the same steps, the same process. Like an airplane pilot who has to complete an official checklist before taking off to avoid crashing and to stay in the air, Automatic Pilot is a TV Pilot Writer's Checklist to keep you from crashing and to help your pilot get on the air. Selling a spec pilot is like winning the lottery. With Bill Taub's guidance, you can greatly increase the odds that the pilot you write will impress those in charge with your unique voice. Whether you're looking to sell your pilot or be hired as a staff writer, the tips and checklists in this book are invaluable -- and something you'll return to, time and again.

About Writing The Pilot

Learning about these changes is essential for those desiring to write this new series of structured stories.

Author: Quincy Melamed

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798722220899

Category:

Page: 82

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Recent years have brought forth a great change to storytelling structure in films and television. It is a little secret that one of the major changes has been the outflow of creative writing talent from films to television. But within the television industry, there have also been revolutionary changes. While we watch the results of this change each day in the new so-called "golden age" of television, few are aware of the emerging structural changes in stories underlying this change. Learning about these changes is essential for those desiring to write this new series of structured stories. And, learning about these changes might also tell us a good deal about broad cultural, psychological, and historical trends in the modern world. This Writing The Pilot Book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business - and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling. The author talks about all the changes I listed above, and how they may - how they must - affect your pilot.

Writing The Pilot Book

This Writing The Pilot Book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business - and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling.

Author: Forest Hynd

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798722213365

Category:

Page: 82

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Recent years have brought forth a great change to storytelling structure in films and television. It is a little secret that one of the major changes has been the outflow of creative writing talent from films to television. But within the television industry, there have also been revolutionary changes. While we watch the results of this change each day in the new so-called "golden age" of television, few are aware of the emerging structural changes in stories underlying this change. Learning about these changes is essential for those desiring to write this new series of structured stories. And, learning about these changes might also tell us a good deal about broad cultural, psychological, and historical trends in the modern world. This Writing The Pilot Book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business - and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling. The author talks about all the changes I listed above, and how they may - how they must - affect your pilot.

Writing The Pilot Story

Learning about these changes is essential for those desiring to write this new series of structured stories.

Author: Libbie Thissen

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798722205827

Category:

Page: 82

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Recent years have brought forth a great change to storytelling structure in films and television. It is a little secret that one of the major changes has been the outflow of creative writing talent from films to television. But within the television industry, there have also been revolutionary changes. While we watch the results of this change each day in the new so-called "golden age" of television, few are aware of the emerging structural changes in stories underlying this change. Learning about these changes is essential for those desiring to write this new series of structured stories. And, learning about these changes might also tell us a good deal about broad cultural, psychological, and historical trends in the modern world. This Writing The Pilot Book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business - and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling. The author talks about all the changes I listed above, and how they may - how they must - affect your pilot.

Steps Of Writing A TV Pilot Arcs

But it's not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.

Author: Sima Shipwash

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798529870242

Category:

Page: 82

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When it comes to television, it's a writer's world. In the film, the director is king. But in television, what the writer envisions is what makes it on screen. If you've ever wanted to break into the exciting world of TV writing, here is what you need to know. Television networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they're buying spec pilot scripts and turning them into series. Today's aspiring writer can be tomorrow's showrunner. But it's not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script. You'll learn how to identify a concept that can carry one hundred episodes or more; how to create characters who will stay interesting year after year; how to design the unique world those characters will live in; how to identify the essential elements that will set your series apart from everyone else's; and most importantly, how to capture it all in one 60-page script.

Story Maps

Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for.

Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Publisher: ACT Four Screenplays

ISBN: 0983626685

Category: Television authorship

Page: 138

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Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi brings his Story Map screenwriting method to television as he breaks down the structure of the TV pilot, citing case studies from ground-breaking hit television shows like GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, TRUE DETECTIVE, SCANDAL, MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD and HOUSE OF CARDS. Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for. TV pilot screenplays and TV drama scripts follow a detailed structure template that is defined in this book in a clear, step-by-step manner. How to write a TV pilot has never been easier. Story Maps: TV Drama also offers definitions of the key terms and formats used in the television industry in Hollywood, citing examples from many current series. This is a great crash course in the format, structure, industry standards and writing methods of Hollywood TV pilot scriptwriters. A TV script can present a difficult challenge for a screenwriter who is used to feature screenplay format and structure, but "Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot" offers an easy-to-follow, practical method to write a pilot that adheres to Hollywood standards.

Writing Television Drama

Writing the pilot season Out of the pitches around about a fifth will go on to the next stage, which is the writing of the pilot ...

Author: Nicholas Gibbs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444167610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Break Into Writing For Television takes you from the very first line of the script through to becoming a regular writer for soaps and 'continuing dramas'. It starts with the basics of different types of script and production, and moves on to getting ideas, shaping character and dialogue, re-writing, pitching work and the practicalities of who does what in the production world, in both the UK and the US. Structured around a practical, progressive, goal-orientated approach, each chapter contains a diagnostic test, case studies, practical exercises and Aide Memoire boxes. Each chapter concludes with a reminder of the key points of the chapter (Focus Points) and a round-up of what to expect in the next (Next Step), which will whet your appetite for what's coming and how it relates to what you've just read.

The Hero Succeeds

In this book, Miller introduces the groundbreaking character-driven structure that will help you solve even the most difficult script problems and create structurally sound, emotionally satisfying stories.

Author: Kam Miller

Publisher: High & Low Media

ISBN: 0997188014

Category:

Page: 506

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In The Hero Succeeds, veteran TV writer Kam Miller shows you exactly how to create your own TV series-from concept to writing a professional pilot script. Drawing from her career as a successful TV pilot writer, Miller shares her hard-earned knowledge about creating TV series that sell to Hollywood. She covers essential elements such as character, world of the show, story engine, tone, and themes for dramas and sitcoms. In this book, Miller introduces the groundbreaking character-driven structure that will help you solve even the most difficult script problems and create structurally sound, emotionally satisfying stories. Miller illustrates the practical application of her character-driven script structure in current successful TV shows, including Cinemax's The Knick, NBC's Hannibal, Amazon's Transparent, BBC America's Orphan Black, ABC's Modern Family, FOX's Empire, FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, AMC's The Walking Dead, FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ABC's How To Get Away With Murder, Starz's Outlander, CBS's The Good Wife, Showtime's Episodes, and many others. The Hero Succeeds shares professional screenwriting expertise, tools, and techniques previously available only to Miller's students at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and Boston University's Film & Television program. Whether you write drama or comedy for broadcast, cable, or digital distribution, The Hero Succeeds is the guide you need to build or expand your TV career.

The Ultimate Master Plan To Write A Pilot

But it's not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.

Author: Sammy McGrade

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798529861585

Category:

Page: 82

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When it comes to television, it's a writer's world. In the film, the director is king. But in television, what the writer envisions is what makes it on screen. If you've ever wanted to break into the exciting world of TV writing, here is what you need to know. Television networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they're buying spec pilot scripts and turning them into series. Today's aspiring writer can be tomorrow's showrunner. But it's not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script. You'll learn how to identify a concept that can carry one hundred episodes or more; how to create characters who will stay interesting year after year; how to design the unique world those characters will live in; how to identify the essential elements that will set your series apart from everyone else's; and most importantly, how to capture it all in one 60-page script.

How To Write For Television

Updated with fifty percent new material, a guide for aspiring television writers draws on examples from some of today's most popular shows and includes coverage of such topics as developing a script, the process of transforming a script ...

Author: Madeline Dimaggio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416570455

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 323

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Updated with fifty percent new material, a guide for aspiring television writers draws on examples from some of today's most popular shows and includes coverage of such topics as developing a script, the process of transforming a script from the page to the screen, and evaluating a submission from a buyer's perspective. Original. 25,000 first printing.

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay

Television writing usually involves a group of writers. A television writer is responsible for developing and writing the pilot script.

Author: Joan Denise Humphries

Publisher: JNR via PublishDrive

ISBN: PKEY:6610000058174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 75

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This Ebook will prove to be a great guide for those who aspire to become successful scriptwriters. No matter how skilled you are at writing, scriptwriting requires certain guidelines and procedures that need to be followed. "Who else wants to quickly learn the fundamentals of Screenwriting?" Screenwriting is a craft that starts with an idea. Screenwriting requires keenness of thoughts and a unique vision. A screenwriter is the one who generates the idea that can be converted into a script. A screenwriter can convert a simple idea into an interesting story that will draw people in your manufactured reality. Investing your valuable time in this book will arm you with the things you need on how to become a successful writer and its many benefits. You will learn: Screenwriting 101 The Writer's Mind First Draft Script Rewrites Visual Thinking Fiction Stage Plays Studio Works And Poetry Screenplays The Mind Of A Screenwriter The Craft Of Screenwriting Ideas Beginnings-- Plot Start The Journey How To Improve Middle- Plot What Come Next Activity Vs Action Endings- Plot Are You Done? Making The Conclusion Character Building Constructing Dialogue Characters Talking Audience Trust Planning The Screenplay Fighting Writer's Block Screenplay Format Checklists: Common Misconceptions Benefit and download today!

Writing Sitcoms

... because a few days later , we were offered the job of writing the pilot , the creator having now effectively handed over the creative reins to us .

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Publisher: Unistar Books

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Write to TV

After writing the treatment, the writer would do a scene-by scene, act-byact story outline, which would then be followed by the pilot script.

Author: Martie Cook

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240808765

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 323

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Learn to craft smart, original scripts and teleplays for a variety of television formats, including comedy, animation, drama, movies of the week, pilots, reality television, TV news magazine, and children's programming. Using the tools the author provides: checklists, sample outlines and treatments for each format, sample script pages, war stories from writers and executives, and a sample query letter to introduce finished script pages to agents, you'll avoid common pitfalls and come across as an industry veteran. Benefit from the experience of pros: 45 luminaries contribute their experience and wisdom, including Jay Leno, Mike Wallace, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, writers for "Grey's Anaatomy," "Desperate Housewives," and more! With twenty-five years of industry experience as a television writer and producer, Martie Cook teaches you not only how to hone your craft but also how to break into the industry. Guiding you through the often confusing television hierarchy, Write to TV offers practical advice on important issues such as how to get an agent, how to write a query letter, how to network, even how to "do lunch". By learning how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and how to get your foot in the door and keep it there, this invaluable book will help you get that big idea out of your head, onto the page, and then to the top of the heap. Learn how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and break into the business through: * Examples: In addition to examples of common pitfalls, book includes sample outlines for various formats. * Industry wisdom: Benefit from the advice of an experienced writer. But you don't have to take her word for it--the book is filled with advice, stories, and examples from people currently working in the TV industry. * Practical advice: Business section offers practical advice on important issues like getting an agent, how to write a query letter, and how to network your way into a job.

TV Drama

Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first beat sheet for television screenwriters ("Save the Cat" for TV). This is the structural template that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for.

Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Publisher:

ISBN: 1386547069

Category: Television authorship

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Daniel Calvisi brings his Story Maps screenwriting method to television as he breaks down the structure of the TV drama pilot, citing case studies from the most popular, ground-breaking series of recent years, including THE WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES, HOUSE OF CARDS, TRUE DETECTIVE, BREAKING BAD, MR. ROBOT, SCANDAL and MAD MEN.Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first beat sheet for television screenwriters ("Save the Cat" for TV). This is the structural template that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for. A clear, practical, step-by-step method to write a pilot that adheres to Hollywood standards.How to write a TV pilot has never been easier. Writing a pilot begins here.This book first introduces you to the key formats, genres and terminology of modern TV shows, then details the major signpost beats of a teleplay and the crucial characteristics that must be present in each act, using specific examples from our new "Golden Age of Television."Story Maps: TV Drama has been endorsed by many INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS in Hollywood, including:"Story Maps: TV Drama is a handy, practical guide that walks writers through the process of creating a compelling TV drama. Using examples from some of the most respected shows on television, writers will learn to master the form from outline to Fade Out. I wish I'd had this book when I was first starting out!"— Hilary Weisman Graham, Writer, Bones (Fox), Orange is the New Black (Netflix)"An excellent resource."— M-L Erlbach, Writer, Masters of Sex (Showtime)"This book blows all others out of the water! "— Larry Reitzer, Writer, Melissa & Joey, Just Shoot Me!, Ugly Betty"I've worked in film and television for years and I can say for certain that there is nothing else like Calvisi's book anywhere out there. His system is truly unique and breaks TV pilot structure down step-by-step, using very specific examples from some of the great pilots of recent years."— Fritz Manger, Producer, A Deadly Adoption with Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig"I've turned to Calvisi for notes on several scripts in the past, and this new book is well-timed as the industry makes a huge shift toward television. This is a fantastic primer in developing a rock-solid one-hour TV pilot. I recommend this book to writers as the foundation in creating excellent story structure."— Richard J. Bosner, Producer, Fruitvale Station, Other People, Mapplethorpe" I have little doubt that by following Calvisi's guidelines...he can lead you to create a great pilot of your own!"— Jenny Frankfurt, Literary Manager, High Street Management"The bottom line is, don't learn the hard way like I did. Use Dan's book instead."— Joe Nimziki, Director, The Howling, Outer Limits; Senior Executive, New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures"Calvisi uses references that are current and offers clear, succinct advice. If you're thinking of writing a TV pilot, read this book first!"— Christine Conradt, Writer/Producer/Director with over 50 produced credits

New Directions for Research in L2 Writing

Thepresent study thus replicates the general design of the pilot study by investigating the writing processes of Japanese EFL learners bothcrosssectionally ...

Author: S. Ransdell

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401003636

Category: Psychology

Page: 277

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This book describes the current psycholinguistic research being conducted internationally on better understanding second language (L2) writing. It is based on an experimental research tradition arising from recent progress made in methodology, technology and theory in both native and second language writing. It is unique in that it is specifically geared to better understanding L2 writing and how it relates to L1 writing research in the psycholinguistic tradition.

Laughing Out Loud

Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay Andrew Horton ... But before writing the pilot, sit down and in brief outline form map out five to ten episodes.

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520923545

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

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Whoever wrote "Make 'em laugh!" knew that it's easier said than done. But people love to laugh, and good comedy will always sell. With the help of this complete and entertaining guide, writers and would-be writers for film and television can look forward to writing comedy that goes far beyond stereotypic jokes and characters. In Laughing Out Loud, award-winning screenwriter and author Andrew Horton blends history, theory, and analysis of comedy with invaluable advice. Using examples from Chaplin to Seinfeld, Aristophanes to Woody Allen, Horton describes comedy as a perspective rather than merely as a genre and then goes on to identify the essential elements of comedy. His lively overview of comedy's history traces its two main branches—anarchistic comedy and romantic comedy—from ancient Greece through contemporary Hollywood, by way of commedia dell'arte, vaudeville, and silent movies. Television and international cinema are included in Horton's analysis, which leads into an up-close review of the comedy chemistry in a number of specific films and television shows. The rest of the book is a practical guide to writing feature comedy and episodic TV comedy, complete with schedules and exercises designed to unblock any writer's comic potential. The appendices offer tips on networking, marketing, and even producing comedies, and are followed by a list of recommended comedies and a bibliography.

Ecologies of Writing Programs

The information literacy pilot project provided an opportunity to alter these historical perceptions of writing center work by adding another layer to the ...

Author: Mary Jo Reiff

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602355132

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Ecologies of Writing Programs: Profiles of Writing Programs in Context features profiles of exemplary and innovative writing programs across varied institutions. Situated within an ecological framework, the book explores the dynamic inter-relationships as well as the complex rhetorical and material conditions that writing programs inhabit—conditions and relationships that are constantly in flux as writing program administrators negotiate constraint and innovation.

Writing the NIH Grant Proposal

It is an “exploratory” grant because NIH recognizes that researchers often (usually?) find themselves in a bind, that they need funding to conduct pilot ...

Author: William Gerin

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781412975162

Category: Psychology

Page: 289

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This primer on the mechanics of applying for NIH grants offers hands-on advice that simplifies, demystifies, and takes the fear out of writing a federal grant application