How to create compelling characters...brought to you by New York University, ranked as one of the top MFA programs in the United States.
Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what MFA programs are looking for in applicants? Author Elizabeth McCracken has served on MFA juries and seen first-hand the applications that make the grade. Her Twitter page includes numerous tips for aspiring writers. Top three include: Make your writing sample shine. Short stories trump excerpts from
Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) announced that Melissa Hammerle will become the College’s new MFA in Writing program director. Hammerle is a writer, educator, and administrator with a strong background in higher education and the literary world. Hammerle previously directed the Creative Writing program at New York University (NYU) from 1997-2006. She
If a book is "formulaic," meaning that the plot and characters are those that we've seen too many times before, chances are the reviews won't be stellar and sales will be dismal. Yet, because we are all exposed to the same stimuli, it's hard to think of new scenarios. One of the best ways to encourage your plot to soar into new directions is by ensuring that
Chatham University's Words without Walls is a ground-breaking program within their MFA degree focusing on nature, travel writing and social outreach. It is the premier graduate program for nurturing students interested in place-based writing and innovative community programs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBp4BquVT0M
Promoting Your Work at Film Festivals Writer/filmmaker Jason R. Davis founded the Chicago Horror Film Festival and the Indy Horror Film Festival. Here he gives advice for writers on how to best utilize film festivals to market their project.
Abilene Christian University (Texas) ACU's M.A. in English is a 36-hour master's program with tracks in literature, composition and rhetoric, and writing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue17A_9_eAE&list=PL1gDOFpWJTaMCKCHy6Mhj2JCG-yTc6-eQ
Leigh Moore on Writing YA Novels From "Pretty Little Liars" to "Gossip Girl"...many of today's hottest television shows started as young adult (YA) novels. Author Leigh Talbert Moore, contributing editor for Baldwin County Living magazine and author of the YA historical romance, "Cheveux Roux," describes the YA phenomenon. This podcast was provided by
The USC Roski School of Art and Design announced what it called a “transformative group hire.” Artists Suzanne Lacy, Edgar Arceneaux, Keith Mayerson, Kori Newkirk and Patty Chang will join the Roski School’s senior faculty as of the 2016-2017 academic year. USC said the new artist hires “signals the school's dedication to playing a key role in the
Mark Bly has just joined the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA program as co-director in collaboration with Elliot Fox of Primary Stages. Bly has worked as an adjunct instructor for the Fordham University Theatre Department since 2014. The Fordham/Primary Stages MFA playwriting program offers emerging writers the opportunity to develop and produce their work in