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The Creative Writer's Survival Guide

By John McNally
  • ISBN Code: : 1587299496
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Pages : 274
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Beginning with “The Writer’s Wonderland—Or: A Warning” and ending with “You’ve Published a Book—Now What?” The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide is a must-read for creative-writing students and teachers, conference participants, and aspiring writers of every stamp. Directed primarily at fiction writers but suitable for writers of all genres, John McNally’s guide is a comprehensive, take-no-prisoners blunt, highly idiosyncratic, and delightfully subjective take on the writing life. McNally has earned the right to dispense advice on this subject. He has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and hundreds of individual stories and essays. He has edited six anthologies and worked with editors at university presses, commercial houses, and small presses. He has earned three degrees, including an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and taught writing to thousands of students at nine different universities. But he has received far more rejections than acceptances, has endured years of underpaid adjunct work, and is presently hard at work on a novel for which he has no guarantee of publication. In other words, he’s been at the writing game long enough to rack up plenty of the highs and lows that translate into an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to become a writer or anyone who is already a writer but doesn’t know how to take the next step toward the writing life. In the sections The Decision to Become a Writer, Education and the Writer, Getting Published, Publicity, Employment for Writers, and The Writer’s Life, McNally wrestles with writing degrees and graduate programs, the nuts and bolts of agents and query letters and critics, book signings and other ways to promote your book, alcohol and other home remedies, and jobs for writers from adjunct to tenure-track. Chapters such as “What Have You Ever Done That’s Worth Writing About?” “Can Writing Be Taught?” “Rejection: Putting It in Perspective,” “Writing as a Competitive Sport,” “Seven Types of MLA Interview Committees,” “Money and the Writer,” and the all-important “Talking about Writing vs. Writing” cover a vast range of writerly topics from learning your craft to making a living at it. McNally acts as the writer’s friendly drill sergeant, relentlessly honest but bracingly cheerful as he issues his curmudgeonly marching orders. Alternately cranky and philosophical, full of to-the-point anecdotes and honest advice instead of wonkish facts and figures, The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide is a snarky, truthful, and immensely helpful map to being a writer in today’s complex world.

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  • Pdf File: the-science-writers-handbook.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Popular science writing has exploded in the past decade, both in print and online. Who better to guide writers striving to succeed in the profession than a group of award-winning independent journalists with a combined total of 225 years of experience? From Thomas Hayden's chapter on the perfect pitch to Emma Maris's advice on book proposals to Mark Schrope's essential information on contracts, the members of SciLance give writers of all experience levels the practical information they need to succeed, as either a staffer or a freelancer. Going beyond craft, The Science Writer's Handbook also tackles issues such as creating productive office space, balancing work and family, and finding lasting career satisfaction. It is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to prosper as a science writer in the new era of publishing.

Use Your Words

By Kate Hopper
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1936740222
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 227
  • Pdf File: use-your-words.pdf

Book Short Summary:

USE YOUR WORDS introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Written by award-winning teacher and writer, Kate Hopper, this book will help women find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art. Each chapter of USE YOUR WORDS focuses on an element of craft and contains a lecture, a published essay, and writing exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing. Chapter topics include: the importance of using concrete details, an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre, character development, voice, humor, tense and writing the “hard stuff,” reflection and back-story, structure, revision, and publishing. The content of each lecture is aligned with the essay/poem in that chapter to help readers more easily grasp the elements of craft being discussed. Together the chapters provide a unique opportunity for mother writers to learn and grow as writers. USE YOUR WORDS takes the approach that creative writing can be taught, and this underscores each chapter. When students learn to read like writers, to notice how a piece is put together, and to question the choices a writer makes, they begin to think like writers. When they learn to ground their writing in concrete, sensory details and begin to understand how to create believable characters and realistic dialogue, their own writing improves. USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing, and passionate voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”

The Online Teaching Survival Guide

By Judith V. Boettcher,Rita-Marie Conrad
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1119763177
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 903
  • Pdf File: the-online-teaching-survival-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A timely update to the best-selling, practical, and comprehensive guide to online teaching The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides a robust overview of theory-based techniques for teaching online or technology-enhanced courses. This Third Edition is a practical resource for educators learning to navigate the online teaching sector. It presents a framework of simple, research-grounded instructional strategies that work for any online or blended course. This new edition is enhanced with hints on integrating problem-solving strategies, assessment strategies, student independence, collaboration, synchronous strategies, and building metacognitive skills. This book also reviews the latest research in cognitive processing and related learning outcomes. New and experienced online teachers alike will appreciate this book’s exploration of essential technologies, course management techniques, social presence, community building, discussion and questioning techniques, assessment, debriefing, and more. With more and more classes being offered online, this book provides a valuable resource for taking your course to the next level. Understand the technology used in online teaching and discover how you can make the most of advanced features in the tech you use Learn specialized pedagogical tips and practices that will make the shift to online teaching smoother for you and your students Examine new research on cognition and learning, and see how you can apply these research findings your day-to-day Adopt a clear framework of instructional strategies that will work in any online or blended setting Learn how to make the most of your synchronous online class meetings using flipped model techniques integrated with asynchronous conversation Recently, schools across the globe have experienced a shift to online courses and teaching. The theories and techniques of synchronous virtual online teaching are vastly different from traditional educational pedagogy. You can overcome the learning curve with this theory-based, hands-on guide.

The English Teacher's Survival Guide

By Mary Lou Brandvik,Katherine S. McKnight
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118001370
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 232
  • Pdf File: the-english-teacher-s-survival-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Problem-solving techniques for all aspects of the English teacher's job This unique time-saving book is packed with tested techniques and materials to assist new and experienced English teachers with virtually every phase of their job from lesson planning to effective discipline techniques. The book includes 175 easy-to-understand strategies, lessons, checklists, and forms for effective classroom management and over 50 reproducible samples teachers can adopt immediately for planning, evaluation, or assignments. It is filled with creative and functional ideas for reading response activities, writing assignments, group and individual projects, and speeches. Offers instructions for creating and implementing an effective classroom-wide behavior management program Shows how to practice the art of teaching English effectively and reduce time on labor intensive tasks Reveals how to work effectively with parents, colleagues, substitute teachers, administrators, and community resources The second edition includes coverage of technology in the classroom, advice for working with reluctant readers, a wealth of sample teaching units and more.

The Indie Band Survival Guide, 2nd Ed.

By Randy Chertkow,Jason Feehan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Book Code : 125001753X
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 851
  • Pdf File: the-indie-band-survival-guide-2nd-ed.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"[Chertkow and Feehan] are the ideal mentors for aspiring indie musicians who want to navigate an ever-changing music industry." -Billboard Magazine Newly revised and expanded, the acclaimed handbook for musicians looking to write, record, and promote without a label More musicians are recording, distributing, marketing, and selling their own music now than ever before in history. The Indie Band Survival Guide is the critically-acclaimed, do-it-yourself modern classic that has been telling them how for years. In this up-to-the-moment edition, musicians and web gurus, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, cover everything musicians need to know. Drawing on their in-the-trenches experiences, they tell musicians how to: - Sell on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify - Get played on radio, podcasts, and blogs - Effectively market on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube - Copyright, license, and make money - And much more This information exists nowhere else. Chertkow and Feehan are pioneers in using the Internet to do what only labels could do in the past and will help your band go from garage to global.

Student to Student

By Paul Buchanan,Paula Miller
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 1441265945
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 993
  • Pdf File: student-to-student.pdf

Book Short Summary:

New college students face a world of adjustments as they take on the challenge of campus life, and one of the biggest tests is learning to thrive in the midst of monumental life change. Student to Student is a collection of reflections written by students, for students, that takes an honest look at the most common pitfalls and opportunities that life on campus affords. These weekly readings are written by Christian college students from a variety of Christian and secular institutions--more than twenty schools are represented--and each entry opens a window into real-life campus experiences. Readers will instantly identify with the authentic voices of students finding their way through the maze of college life while growing their relationships with God.

EBOOK: The Survival Guide To Journalism

By Dan Synge
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
  • Book Code : 0335240534
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 132
  • Pdf File: ebook.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"This is brilliant! A must-read for anyone thinking about going into journalism or already there. The recurring Q&A style is really helpful - the author really did pre-empt all my various questions. As someone who is deciding whether to go into journalism or not - this is the only book I have come across so far which has actually been helpful and fun to read at the same time. What I liked best is that the book is fun without being patronising - a lot of journo books are stuffy, outdated or intimidating. Importantly it tackles all the current issues about journalism becoming multi-platform, with advice on blogging etc.And although encouraging, it is realistic enough to make sure you don't see journalism through rose-tinted glasses - it really made me think hard about whether I would survive as a journalist. I would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of starting out or starting out in journalism - it's essentially a journalism course in a nutshell!" Katherine Lough "The best bit about this book, as opposed to others about journalism (of which there are many), is that it is written in a friendly and non-intimidating style. As a journalism student I have spent many hours poring over books that judge me for wanting to write about the 'soft stuff', whereas Synge actually gives tips on how to break into celebrity gossip or arts reviewing. The advice sections from real working journalists in different sectors and publications are really helpful, as they give a (realistic!) insight into the profession and hold up all the best bits, while conveying the disadvantages to life as a scribe. Synge's tips and hints are relevant, especially the bits about online journalism and how journalists have to be multi-skilled today. What I found most interesting was the chapters on freelancing ... Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone hoping to be a journalist, studying to be a journalist or working as a journalist." H Stuart This essential survival manual to print and online media journalism explores the personal qualities and skills needed to break into this exciting but often uncertain field. It considers the current state of expanding media, routes into the industry, and the pros and cons of being a staff journalist or freelance. Helpful coverage includes: Practical hands-on advice on news and feature writing plus specialist areas such as profile writing, reviewing and blogging Useful tips and advice from top working professionals Up-to-date information on where the best opportunities are Exercises, easy-to-follow checklists and short Q&A sessions The author draws on his own extensive experience in the field and suggests useful links to organisations that specialise in helping aspiring journalists to survive through those difficult first months and years. The Survival Guide to Journalism is an essential reference for any aspiring journalist. It will be key reading for journalism students and anyone interested in making a living through their writing and editorial skills.

New Stories from the Midwest: 2012

By Jason Lee Brown,Shanie Latham
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Book Code : 0253008255
  • Total of Pages : 265
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 242
  • Pdf File: new-stories-from-the-midwest.pdf

Book Short Summary:

New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. The editors solicited nominations from more than 300 magazines, literary journals, and small presses and narrowed the selection to 19 authors. The stories, written by Midwestern writers or focusing on the Midwest, demonstrate that the quality of fiction from and about the heart of the country rivals that of any other region. Guest editor John McNally introduces the anthology, which features short fiction by Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.

Campus Voices

By N.a
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 1441265937
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 590
  • Pdf File: campus-voices.pdf

Book Short Summary:

College students face a world of adjustments as they take on the challenges of campus life. One of the biggest tests is learning to thrive spiritually in the midst of chaotic and sometimes confusing change. Campus Voices is a collection of spiritual and practical reflections written by students, for students, that take an honest look at the most common difficulties and opportunities that college students encounter. These weekly readings are written by students from a variety of Christian and secular institutions. More than twenty schools are represented, and each entry opens a window into real campus experiences. Readers will instantly identify with the authentic voices of students finding their way through the maze of college life while growing their relationships with God. Readings are accompanied by journaling space and recommended Scripture readings to further encourage students to thrive.