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notre-dames-mfa-creative-writing-program-2017

Applications are now open for the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program. Since 2015 the program has offered a full scholarship to every student it accepts.

Each student in the program receives:

  • a full tuition scholarship
  • a US$12,500 fellowship
  • access to a 100% health insurance subsidy

In exchange all students are required to teach, participate in outreach projects and/or be involved with the on-campus literary journals – The Notre Dame Review, Re:Visions and The Bend – or with its international press, Action Books.

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digital-writers-festival-2016

The Digital Writers’ Festival describes itself as ‘an online carnival dedicated to what happens when technology and the written world collide’. Organised by Australia’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Digitial Writers’ Festival is the only event of its kind, with all of its programming taking place entirely online.

Starting on 1 November and running for eleven days, the 2016 festival program aims to connect and inspire emerging writers from around the globe. All events will be live streamed via digitalwritersfestival.com and available to anyone with access to the internet. The majority events are free.

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We Need to Talk About Money:

A guest post by Yi Shun Lai

The other day my husband fixed our bathroom sink with a video on YouTube, and I read a tutorial on how to build a wall planter.

So I was kind of surprised when I saw someone in an online writer’s community I’m in ask whether or not we thought her MFA program should be teaching her about the business of publishing. I mean, if I can learn rudimentary Spanish from an app, surely this person, who’s paying thousands of dollars to learn how to have a career in the written arts, should expect to learn how to . . . well, have a career.

I guess a little background is due: I’m a writing coach and editor. I’m also a novelist, and I edit nonfiction at a literary magazine. I cut my teeth in the consumer magazine world, and write marketing copy and teach workshops. In short, I make my living with words. I have an MFA myself, from an institution I chose specifically because its faculty comprised working writers, and a certificate in publishing from what is now the Columbia Publishing Course (when I graduated, it was still the Radcliffe Publishing Course). I got much of my writing-business acumen on the job, and when the time came to write and query my novel, I learned almost everything from friends who were literary agents, and, eventually, more timely information from my MFA program.

I’ve noticed a few things that crop up again and again when folks talk about writing and what place business has in it, and where and how you should learn these things. I’ll address them from my point of view below. And I invite you to partake in a conversation about them in the comments. Here we go:

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Study Storied Women with Iowa’s International Writing Program

This October the University of Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course.

The course, How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women, will focus on female authorial voices and female literary characters. Through class videos, readings and writing assignments participants will be invited to experiment with the creation of fictional characters, scenes and stories.

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start-writing-fiction

Start Writing Fiction is a free online course offered by The Open University. The eight-week program focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

Participants will hear from a number of successful authors, including Michele Roberts, Alex Garland, and Louis de Bernieres, as they talk about how they started writing. The rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal will also be explored.

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6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit with Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is a British-American author and screenwriter. He has written seven books including Love Begins in Winter, winner of the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Simon is currently teaching The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit, a new online, self-paced Skillshare class that aims to help participants create a daily writing routine and provides new skills for gathering and acting on inspiration.

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Storytelling Fundamentals with Daniel Jose Older

Learn about character, conflict, context and craft with a New York Times Bestselling Author

There are lots of reasons to like Daniel José Older, not least of which being not least of which being that he started a petition to change the World Fantasy Award statuette from a bust of H. P. Lovecraft to one of Octavia Butler.

Up until 2014 Older was working as a paramedic in New York City. While he had published many essays and stories up until this point, Older’s life changed dramatically in January 2015 when Penguin Books published his debut urban fantasy novel Half-Resurrection Blues (the first installment in the Bone Street Rumba series). Within a matter of weeks the film and television rights to the series were optioned by Roaring Virgina production company owned by Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose.

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