The MFA Years, a blog that follows the experiences of first year and second year MFA candidates in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, has compiled and continually updates a list of Fully Funded MFA programs in the US.
The largest used book sale on the West Coast happens at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture every fall! The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Annual Big Book Sale features more than 500,000 books and media — CDs, records, DVDs, and audio books — all for $3 or less. On the last day all prices drop to $1, and proceeds from the sale support programs at the San Francisco Public Library.
Friends’ members gain early access to the Big Book Sale and enjoy refreshments while shopping at the Preview Sale and Reception. The Big Book Sale is then open to the public the next day.
Visit their website below to see the dates for this year's sale.
I discovered Brainpickings.org a few years ago and have loved it ever since! Maria Popova writes about what she reads. It's a one-woman labor of love. Drawn from her extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of her own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.
The writing is brilliant, beautiful and inspiring no matter the topic. Though there is plenty of articles on writing advice and wisdoms from celebrated authors.
Maria Popova has written for The New York Times, Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Harvard’s Nieman Reports, among others, and is the author of "Figuring".
Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.
For inspiration from great authors on the writing craft and the writing life, check out "Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers" from Maria Popova, of Brainpickings.org.
For more than two decades, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has published well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief essay form, along with craft essays and book reviews. Though still committed to the mission of publishing new writers, Brevity has been fortunate over the years to include the work of three Pulitzer prize finalists, numerous NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, and Japan. Authors published in Brevity include Abigail Thomas, Lia Purpura, Roxane Gay, Diane Seuss, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Steven Barthelme, Joe Mackall, Ander Monson, Caitlin Horrocks, Jennifer Percy, Jon Pineda, Brenda Miller, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Robin Hemley, David L. Ulin, Heather Sellers, Matthew Gavin Frank, Lee Martin, Rebecca McClanahan, Barbara Hurd, Bret Lott, Ira Sukrungruang, Rigoberto González, Judith Kitchen, Michael Martone, and Jenny Boully.
Work from Brevity has been anthologized and reprinted in venues including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Utne Reader, the Short Takes anthology, the Best Creative Nonfiction anthology from W.W. Norton, and many recent writing textbooks.
Over the past year Brevity drew more than 13,000 unique visitors per month, while the Brevity blog currently has more than 45,000 subscribers.
Creative Nonfiction is the 2018 winner of the AWP Small Press Publisher award, which acknowledges hard work, creativity, and innovation, and honors a magazine's contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work. Essays originally published in Creative Nonfiction have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and have been featured in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best Women's Travel Writing, and other collections.
Creative Nonfiction is fuel for nonfiction writers and storytellers, providing a lively blend of exceptional long- and short-form nonfiction narratives and interviews as well as columns that examine the craft, style, trends, and ethics of writing true stories.
Creative Nonfiction has consistently featured prominent authors from the United States and around the world and in its 24 years has helped launch the careers of some of the field's most exciting writers. Creative Nonfiction has a circulation of 10,000 and serves the whole spectrum of readers, from nonfiction and journalism enthusiasts to poetry and fiction writers, editors and agents.
Gooreads.com is a great resource for keeping track of the books you've read, curating your own reading lists, getting passionate reviews of books from other avid readers, joining niche communities for genres and lifestyles all centered around reading. It's also a good tool for published authors to directly engage with and market to their audience.
Gotham Writers, a New York institution that now holds online writing courses, has a great directory of resources for writers. And you don't even have to sign up for a class to use it!
"Writing is a craft, much like building a house or creating a piece of furniture. Explore our Writer’s Toolbox for information that will strengthen your craft and broaden your knowledge. The Writer’s Toolbox is frequently updated, so this would be a good page to bookmark." --Gotham Writers Toolbox
The Toolbox includes:
Ask the Writer
Pressing and perplexing questions answered by our writing expert.
An exclusive collection of Q&As with illustrious authors.
Questions that will help you get to know your characters better.
Great writing advice from members of the Gotham faculty.
Recommended books, publications, works, and websites.
Tips from the Masters
Pearls of wisdom from masters of the craft.
Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. We’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993.
We teach the craft of writing in a way that is clear, practical, and inspiring. Explore our wide variety of courses for adults and teens, as well as our One-on-One options.
Gotham believes that 'Writing Can Be Taught':
Some people wonder if writing can be taught. Yes, of course, it can. We see this happening every day in our classes.
Writing is a craft, with time-tested principles such as how to show rather than tell or how to structure a story. When you learn to utilize these craft elements, your writing improves. And you should understand the basic principles of craft, even if you intend to do something unique or revolutionary, just as Picasso learned realism before he discovered a new way of painting.
People don’t normally question if carpentry or playing the piano can be taught. Writing is no different. Yes, there are intangibles involved—such as talent, inspiration, and determination—but these things can also be nurtured in the right environment.
Depending on the literary form, there are introductory courses like Creative Writing 101, Creative Nonfiction Writing 101 which give you a buffet like survey of fiction and nonfiction writing for the beginner. Then the individual courses like Fiction, Article Writing, Memoir Writing, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing, Mystery Writing, etc. have Level 1, Level 2 and some have Level 3 courses.
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Michael Tucker examines the techniques used to tell great stories to make your own writing better and gain better appreciation for the these examined stories.
With Lessons from the Screenplay, Tucker analyze movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling their stories. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, Lessons from the Screenplay aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favorite films and help us all become better storytellers.
New videos are released every couple weeks. Tucker takes suggestions about what scripts he will analyze in future episodes.
Literary Devices is a directory of literary elements and literary techniques.
"Literary Devices refers to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers. When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work. Below is a list of literary devices with detailed definition and examples." -- from the site
If you’ve weighed the costs and benefits, considered the pros and cons, and finally arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to pursue an MFA degree, your homework has only just begun. Now that you know you want to attend an MFA program, you are faced with another set of decisions: To which programs (among the more than 200 that are currently offered by colleges and universities around the world) do you want to apply?
The MFA Index is intended as a place to start, a reference to help you begin narrowing down your choices. The programs listed in the following pages are pulled from the free MFA Programs database at pw.org, which includes the information presented in the as well as important details such as core faculty and specific funding opportunities. There are, of course, certain elements of any given program that might make it the perfect (or, conversely, a less-than-ideal) place for you as a person and as a writer. The MFA Index offers enough information about the genre tracks, location, size, amount of available funding, cost of living, and residency requirements for you to determine whether you want to do additional research on a program, gathering the details that matter the most to you.
Wondery podcasts has a slue of great true crime and history podcasts like Dirty John, Dr. Death, American History Tellers, American Scandal, Tides of History and more that are great springs of inspiration for mystery, thriller/suspense, true crime and history fiction and non-fiction writers.
The Writers Studio, founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, offers ongoing writing workshops — both on site and online — designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices. We welcome students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to enable them to reach their full potential.
At The Writers Studio we ask our students to try a wide array of narrative voices and styles. Paradoxically, it is through this immersion in the craft of published works of fiction and poetry that students develop their own unique voice and style. This is a method already very familiar to students of music and the visual arts, who have always learned by studying the work of masters. For writing students, this approach is usually a revelation. As students practice using a mix of approaches drawn from the work of accomplished authors, many exciting things happen. Their understanding of narration deepens. Their imagination opens wider. Their sense of what’s possible in their own work expands. Before long, they find that their writing is more emotionally rich and their available material far more extensive than they ever imagined. This working method continues to be invaluable even in the Master Class (Level V), where students are working on novels and poetry and short-story collections.
All students new to The Writers Studio in New York City and Online start at Level I. In the Hudson Valley, Tucson, and San Francisco, they start with the Workshop level. They can also start with a tutorial. We approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, so even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I.
In the on-site workshops, those who want to continue take a second 8-week term of Level I, at which point they are eligible to move on to Level II. They will be exposed to new exercises each term. After a second term of Level II, students can move on to Level III, which is designed as a three-term sequence. We ask everyone to begin taking our companion Craft Class in the third term of Level III.
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