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Bloomsbury acquires drama publisher Oberon Books

thestage.co.uk – Tuesday December 10, 2019

Performing arts publisher Oberon Books has been acquired by Bloomsbury.

Oberon Books will sit alongside Bloomsbury’s current theatre offering, which includes Methuen Drama and the Arden Shakespeare.

Jonathan Glasspool, managing director of Bloomsbury’s academic and professional division, said: “We are delighted to become owners of the prestigious Oberon list.

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The Choose Your Own Adventure publishers are trying to get the phrase banned from Itch.io

theverge.com – Tuesday December 10, 2019

Chooseco, which publishes the famous Choose Your Own Adventure series, is apparently trying to stop indie game developers from using the phrase “choose your own adventure.” It’s sending trademark infringement notices to the Itch.io gaming storefront, and so far, they’ve resulted in four game pages being suspended.

Itch.io founder Leaf Corcoran told developers about the takedowns this afternoon. “Warning to any devs using the phrase ‘choose your own adventure’ to describe their games, Chooseco is issuing takedown notices,” he wrote on Twitter. Corcoran tells The Verge that the games include Purrfect Apawcalypse, an “apocalyptic dog dating choose your own adventure game”; a “choose your own dating sim text adventure” game called It’s a Date; an unofficial GameBoy game called Choose Your Own Adventure GB; and New Yorker writer Luke Burns’ A Series of Choose Your Own Adventure Stories Where No Matter What You Choose You Are Immediately Killed by a Werewolfwhose plot is self-explanatory.

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Major Talent Agencies Step Up Global Expansion As WGA Standoff Continues

deadline.com – Saturday December 7, 2019

The television business is becoming increasingly global, fueled by the rapid expansion of the major streaming platforms. That also goes for the major Hollywood talent agencies.

Reps have always looked for opportunities beyond the U.S. But now, because of the increased demand for locally produced international content, they have stepped up their efforts. Also factoring into the acceleration is the ongoing impasse (and legal battle) between the Big 4 talent agencies and the Writers Guild of America which in April ordered its members to fire their agents if they hadn’t signed the guild’s new Code of Conduct.

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Call for Names, Editors, and Contributors: Journal/Magazine of Fiction by Academics #CFP

patheos.com – Thursday December 5, 2019

I really shouldn’t start new projects. But I’ve had so many conversations recently with academics in my field about writing fiction that I think the time has come to do something about it. And so I’m going to be announcing soon the launch of a new periodical dedicated to fiction written by academics. This post aims mainly at gauging interest (and more specifically the kinds of interest there may be both from potential contributors and from potentially readers) and tackling a few initial questions that it is better to crowd source now.

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Curtis Brown Creative launches TV serial writing course

thebookseller.com – Wednesday December 4, 2019

The Curtis Brown Creative writing school is launching a new course in writing an original TV drama serial.

Run in collaboration with Curtis Brown’ TV, film and theatre agents it promises expert teaching and masterclasses from TV directors, producers and showrunners at the firm’s central London offices.

The 18-week course, led by TV writer, playwright and former Birkbeck Professor Colin Teevan, starts in March.

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Twelfth Annual Papatango New Writing Prize Opens For 2020 Submissions

broadwayworld.com – Tuesday December 3, 2019

The Papatango New Writing Prize, now in its twelfth year, opens for submissions today, Tuesday 3 December 2019, until 9pm on Sunday 2 February 2020.

The Papatango New Writing Prize was the UK's first - and remains the only annual - opportunity guaranteeing a new writer a full production, publication by Nick Hern Books, a royalty of 10% of the gross box office, and a £6500 commission with full developmental support for a follow-up play. It is also unique in producing the winning play within the same year. Since 2019, the winning play has toured the UK following its London premiere.

In addition, every entrant receives feedback on their script - a commitment made by no other company, especially significant as the Prize averages more submissions on a yearly basis than any other playwriting award. Writers nurtured in this way have gone on to see their scripts produced at many leading venues across the UK.

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Bad Sex Awards 2019: Two writers share 'Britain's most dreaded literary prize'

inews.co.uk – Tuesday December 3, 2019

In an echo of the Booker prize two writers have won the 2019 Literary Review Bad Sex In Fiction Award.

The judges struggled to pick just one winner so chose French author Didier Decoin with his novel The Office of Gardens and Ponds and John Harvey, a life fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with his book, Pax.

The judges were swayed equally by raunchy passages in Decoin's and Harvey's books.

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AI determines how much help Shakespeare had writing a play

engadget.com – Monday November 25, 2019

Many believe that Shakespeare had help writing at least some of his plays, but to what extent? AI might have an answer. Czech researcher Petr Plecháč has developed a machine learning system that determined which portions of Henry VIII were likely written by Shakespeare's contemporary (and long-suspected collaborator) John Fletcher. The approach trained an algorithm to recognize the word choices and rhythms of both Shakespeare and Fletcher plays from the time (such as The Tempest and Valentinian), and used a "rolling window" technique to study those styles without worrying about the starts or ends of scenes. The results were at once expected and surprising.

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HMH to Launch Children's Graphic Novel Imprint

publishersweekly.com – Friday November 22, 2019

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the latest publisher to announce a children’s graphic novel imprint: Etch, which will gather all of HMH’s graphic novels into a single imprint, will debut in September 2020. The launch catalog will consist of seven titles, with plans to publish about 15 books per year.

Publisher Catherine Onder will oversee the imprint, but editors from the HMH children’s imprints Clarion, Versify, and HMH Books for Young Readers will all acquire properties for Etch. “I’ve been so impressed by the passion from the team, across both editorial and design, and the talented roster of creators that they’ve brought on board,” Onder said. “This variety of perspectives, interests, and expertise is key to our providing graphic novels for every reader.”

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New Literary Agent Listing: Iris Blasi

firstwriter.com – Wednesday November 20, 2019

Currently seeking nonfiction in the categories of biography, memoir, history, science, business, “big idea” books, pop culture, cultural criticism, true crime, and narrative nonfiction, particularly with a strong hook or something stemming from a quirky journalistic/academic/personal obsession.

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