‘If you allow your people to talk, they will express themselves in a way that the writer might not have thought of.’
Joyce Carol Oates is the critically acclaimed author of over forty novels including The Falls and We Were the Mulvaneys. In this video recorded by fora.tv, Oates discusses how a writer can develop realistic characters, using examples from her 2007 novel The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She also outlines a useful creative writing exercise that she provides her students.


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This beautiful video about creativity and talent comes from @RosieFrmThePast. She was inspired by a Youtube video, Thoughts on a Creative Career, posted by Ze Frank, an American performance artist, composer, humorist and public speaker.

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Ira Glass is the iconic voice of American public radio program This American Life. The program first debuted in November 1995 and since its very first episode Glass has served as both the show’s host and executive producer.

In this four-part video series Ira Glass discusses the building blocks of a great story, how hard it can be to find a decent story, good taste, and the common errors that beginners make.

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From Gutenberg to Comic Sans and beyond, this beautiful short film from Canadian graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest traces the history of typography.


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The trailer for the highly-anticipated adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ novel Mr Pip has been released. The film stars British actor Hugh Laurie (House, Fry and Laurie) and was adapted and directed by Andrew Adamson. The central role of Matilda is played by Bougainville teenager Xzannjah Matsi. Scenes were filmed on location is Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and in various parts of New Zealand. The film will be released in New Zealand cinemas on the 3rd of October with an international release to follow.

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