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This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Creative Writing courses.
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Resources for Creative Writing Careers
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Professional Writing Associations
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers.
The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Since its beginnings over a century ago, we have served as the collective voice of American authors.
Horror Writers Association
THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (HWA) is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it.
Modern Langauge Association
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy.
Mystery Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
Novelists, Inc. is the professional network for career novelists. Like all great stories, ours started at a moment of change — when five professional authors banded together with one clear mission in mind: address the needs of career novelists.
Poets & Writers
Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Our mission? To foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.
Romance Writers of America
RWA's founders instilled in the organization the value of sharing of knowledge and openness and encouragement that romance writers are hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres.
Resources for Creative Writing Careers
Careers in Writing
Useful for both first-time job hunters and those looking to change careers from exploring the rewarding paths outlined in this book. It provides overviews of a range of professions and advice covering the job-search process, which show readers how to launch a successful career of their choice.
Call Number: PN151 .C279 2001
Publication Date: 2000
The Creative Writer's Survival Guide: Advice From an Unrepentant Novelist
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.
Publication Date: 2010
The Creativity Market: Creative Writing in the 21st Century
This book focuses on creative writing both as a subject in universities and beyond academia, with chapters arranged around three organising sub-themes of practice, research and pedagogy. It explores the ‘creative’ component of creative writing in the globalised marketplace, making the point that creative writing occurs in and around universities throughout the world. It examines the convergence of education, globalisation and economic discourses at the intersection of the university sector and creative industries, and foregrounds the competing interests at the core of creativity as it appears in the neo-liberal global discourse in which writers are enmeshed. The book offers case studies from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore that are indicative of the challenges faced by academics, postgraduate students and creative industry professionals around the world.
Publication Date: 2012
How to Be a Writer: Secrets from the Inside
In this updated and expanded edition, Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types of writing from books to scripts and beyond. This accessible and informative guide is packed with advice to equip you with the skills you need to launch a writing career: * Using your 'voice' as your USP * Learning to love criticism * Surprising solutions to writer's block * Avoiding submission blunders * Using e-publishing to sell your work So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pen, open your laptop and fire up your imagination. Whichever tools you choose, the time to start is now.
Publication Date: 2013
Opportunites in Technical Writing
Jay R. Gould
Write your way to success! Get started in a career that has a promising future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Technical Writing Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the field of technical writing. This career-boosting book will help you: Determine the specialty that's right for you, from proposal writing to research to manufacturing Acquire in-depth knowledge of technical writing Find out what kind of salary you can expect Understand the daily routine of your chosen field Focus your job search using industry resources ENJOY A GREAT CAREER AS A: Copyeditor * Documentation specialist * Software technical writer * Knowledge analyst * Trainer * Technical editor
Call Number: T11 .G663 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Opportunities in Writing Careers
From skill and training requirements to salary figures, this practical guide provides an overview of the job possibilities in writing careers. It helps you: determine the specialty, from poetry to journalism to technical writing; acquire knowledge of the writing industry; and, find out what kind of salary you can expect for various jobs.
Call Number: PN153 .F66 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Rewriting Success in Rhetoric and Composition
Amy M. Goodburn; Donna LeCourt; Carrie Leverenz
REWRITING SUCCESS IN RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION CAREERS presents alternative narratives of what constitutes success in the field of rhetoric and composition from those who occupy traditionally undervalued positions in the academy (tribal college, community colleges, postdoctoral tracks), those who have used their PhDs outside of the academy (a law firm, a textbook publisher, a community center), and those who have engaged in professionalization opportunities not typical in the field (research center, a nonprofit humanities organization). By making alternative career choices and paths more visible, editors AMY GOODBURN, DONNA LECOURT, and CARRIE LEVERENZ hope to encourage new and established teachers and scholars in the field to reconsider the value of knowledge in rhetoric and composition and to enable more people already in the profession to find their own (alternative) paths to success. Rewriting Success in Rhetoric and Composition Careers will appeal to both graduate students and professionals who want to think critically about what kinds of careers are possible with advanced training in rhetoric and composition, those who are reconsidering the current status and future of the discipline, and those in administrative or leadership positions who seek to better support alternative career paths. AMY GOODBURN is Professor of English and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. DONNA LECOURT is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. CARRIE LEVERENZ is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Institute for Critical and Creative Expression at Texas Christian University.
Publication Date: 2012
To the Budding Creative Writer: A Handbook
Roselyne M. Jua; Bate Besong
To the Budding Creative Writer: A Handbook is designed to help young writers come to grips with questions and problems relative to their creative efforts. The authors discuss a range of topics, providing guidelines on such issues as style, technique, point of view, characterization, poetic diction, figurative language, denotation and connotation, etc. They equally offer useful critical comments on some of the works of accomplished African writers whom they cite as models for beginning writers, fusing literary creativity with literary criticism. All along the co-authors stress the centrality, in imaginative writing, of both the 'what' and the 'how' or matter and manner, and how to combine both to good effect.
Publication Date: 2009
Writers and Authors - Occupational Outlook Handbook
From U.S. Dept. of Labor, view the occupational statistics and outlook for writers and authors.
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