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University of Utah offers year-long novel-writing course

college.usatoday.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

Professors demand a lot and, when it comes to writing assignments, putting words to paper can feel like you’ve been asked to write a novel. 

Actually, for some students at the University of Utah, that’s exactly what they’re tasked to do.

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2016 Bristol Short Story Prize launched

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Sport; Suspense; Westerns; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes books for children from 6 months to teenagers 14+.

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9 ways to trick yourself into writing a novel

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). This is the year you complete the book of your dreams.

Sometimes all you need is a little motivation. Trick yourself into completing your novel this month by trying one (or all) of the strategies below.

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11 authors' strategies for overcoming writer's block

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Writer's block — an author's worst nightmare.

The dreaded lack of creative ideas and inability to produce new work has writers across the world trembling in fear.

Famed novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury are just two of many creative minds that have suffered from this incorrigible mental block. And let's face it, if a writer tells you its never happened to them, they're probably lying.

Mashable compiled the strategies different authors use to overcome writer's block, which should come in handy since it's National Novel Writing Month.

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Writers on the pain of hindsight in publishing: 'It's like a bad breakup – you have to move on'

theguardian.com – Monday November 9, 2015

How do you let go of a book you’ve written? Viv Groskop, Sathnam Sanghera and others offer their advice for bouncing back from the post-publication blues.

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This Week in Fiction: Mark Haddon on Writing Stories as Complex as the Real World

newyorker.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Weir,” is set in Oxford, alongside the Thames, near Wytham Woods. Why did you choose to stage such a sad event—an attempted suicide—in this bucolic terrain?

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Nature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focussing on nature's shaping influence. Accepts submissions from July to November. Submit by post, or by email with Word file attachments. See website for full details.

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What defines good writing?

blog.oup.com – Sunday November 8, 2015

What distinguishes good writing from bad writing? How can people transform their writing to make it more powerful and more effective? Are universities teaching students how to become better writers? In order to answer these questions and others, we sat down with Geoffrey Huck, an associate professor of the Professional Writing Program at York University.

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Sarah Waters, Ross Raisin, Adam Foulds, Andrew Cowan, Helen Simpson share writing tips, favourite books by young writers

thebookseller.com – Saturday November 7, 2015

The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writers of the Year Award has relaunched in 2015, and will recognise the best literary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish writer of 35 and under.

Here, past winners of the prize share their favourite books written by writers aged 35 and under, and their writing tips.

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