UC Irvine sponsoring BLM writing contest

The University of California, Irvine is sponsoring a “Black Lives Matter Writing Contest,” but warns students to carefully consider “the effects of their words” before submitting an entry. The contest, which is subtitled “A Conversation about Black Connections: How to overcome internal and external violence,” is being co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies [...]

Horses Are Not Machines: On Writing the Steeds of Fantasy Fiction

Horses Are Not Machines: On Writing the Steeds of Fantasy Fiction by Rosalind Moran Writing novels –and fantasy novels in particular – is an undertaking filled with pesky logistical hurdles. Article source

Simon Rich Is Writing a ‘Willy Wonka’ Movie for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has a new Willy Wonka movie in the works with SNL alum Simon Rich attached to write. According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl Estate, and Rich is working on a script for a new film. Here’s more info on the project from Variety’s [...]

Student Writing in the Digital Age

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The Sweetest Debut: Kim Hooper on Writing a “Barf Draft” and Colbert Fanfiction

Welcome to the Sweetest Debut, a new and regular installment in which we reach out to debut (or near-debut, we’re flexible!) fiction, poetry and nonfiction authors working with presses of all sizes and find out about their pop culture diets, their writing habits, and their fan-fiction fantasies. Article source

Under the Tuscan Sun: what writing the book taught me about taking risks

Sometimes a book writes back to its author. When I published Under the Tuscan Sun 20 years ago, I had no idea of its fate. A writer may think her book is the finest thing since Anna Karenina (well maybe not exactly) but it’s impossible to know if your book will sink or soar. My [...]

Advice from a Professor: Eight Steps to Writing a Good Term Paper

Professor Aleydis Van de Moortel, head of the Department of Classics, recognized years ago that her younger college students often struggled with one of their most common assignments: writing a research paper. Article source

5 guidelines for writing about poll numbers

Reporting on polls or survey results is similar to reporting on any other news story: It requires attention to the same principles of journalism, such as always reporting with precision and without bias. In addition, journalists need to make the results understandable and intelligible for an audience that may have little statistical training. Article source

“A Few Writing Projects”

Somewhere around the beginning of June, I received a kind note from a magazine editor—really the sort of kindness you see only in a letter of rejection, where somehow the formality almost stings more than if the note were just rude. After this, the latest in a string of rejections for the miniscule group of [...]

Writers – 5 Reasons You Should Write for an Audience of One

The best writing can often be about not just what’s on the page, but what the writer has decided to leave unsaid. Leaving the reader space to breathe and think, to join the dots themselves and come to their own conclusions. Concise can be powerful, just look at the Haiku greats for inspiration. Article source