How to Make Your Good Ideas Great

Author: Jack Heffron

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972794

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 228

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This volume draws on the success of its idea generating predecessor "The Writer's Idea Book" and takes readers to the next step--assessing their ideas and growing them into finished pieces.
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How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays

Author: Jack Heffron

Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.

ISBN: 1599633884

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 2149

Where do you get your ideas? It’s a question that plagues every writer. And once you’ve got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts. So how do you come up with those ideas, and how do you turn them into writing that will engage your reader? The Writer’s Idea Book is here to help you find the answers. Utilizing more than 400 prompts and exercises, you’ll generate intriguing ideas and plumb their possibilities to turn them into something amazing. This indispensable guide will help you: Develop good writing habits that foster creativity Explore your own life for writing material Draw inspiration from the world around you Find form for your ideas, develop them into a piece of writing, and make them better Let The Writer’s Idea Book give you the insight and self-awareness to create and refine ideas that demand to be transformed into greater works, the kind of compelling, absorbing writing that will have other writers asking "where do you get your ideas?"
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A Developer's Guide to Building User-Friendly Applications

Author: Travis Lowdermilk

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449359833

Category: Computers

Page: 154

View: 8562

How do you design engaging applications that people love to use? This book demonstrates several ways to include valuable input from potential clients and customers throughout the process. With practical guidelines and insights from his own experience, author Travis Lowdermilk shows you how usability and user-centered design will dramatically change the way people interact with your application. Learn valuable strategies for conducting each stage of the design process—from interviewing likely users and discovering your application’s purpose to creating a rich user experience with sound design principles. User-Centered Design is invaluable no matter what platform you use or audience you target. Explore usability and how it relates to user-centered design Learn how to deal with users and their unique personalities Clarify your application’s purpose, using a simple narrative to describe its use Plan your project’s development with a software development life cycle Be creative within the context of your user experience goals Use visibility, consistency, and other design principles to enhance user experience Collect valuable user feedback on your prototype with surveys, interviews, and usability studies
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Using Notebooks, Mentor Texts, and the Writing Process

Author: Lisa Morris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317925106

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 1153

Master teacher Lisa Morris invites you to share her secrets of success with writer's workshops. After years of experimenting with the workshop model, she has developed the most effective ways to apply it in the classroom, yielding higher test scores and increased student engagement. Through practical, step-by-step instruction, Morris demonstrates how to use writer's notebooks, mentor texts, the writing process, and the 6 traits. Specific topics include: setting up the classroom for workshops creating a writing curriculum creating guidelines, expectations, and lessons for using notebooks helping students select ideas, brainstorm, and plan assigning writing partners and organizing sharing getting students to self-reflect creating process and product portfolios finding resources for publishing holding effective writing conferences The book also offers an array of invaluable tools, such as student writing samples mini-lessons for each stage of the writing process lesson plans pacing guides for dividing your time during the workshop sample charts to help you stay organized suggested classroom guidelines and handouts a list of mentor texts, organized by what you can use them to teach (e.g., adjectives, alliteration, onomatopoeia, beginnings, endings, strong verbs, sensory details) quotations on each stage of the writing process to motivate students
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New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction

Author: Carol Bly

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307778207

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 7930

An innovative new approach to teaching and writing creative nonfiction from veteran teacher and critically acclaimed author Carol Bly. Teachers and writers everywhere are facing the limits imposed by the prevailing models of teaching: community or MFA “workshops” or, at the high-school level, “peer review.” In Beyond the Writers' Workshop Carol Bly presents an alternative. She believes that workshopping’s tendency to engage in wry scorn and pay exaggerated attention to technical details, causes apprentice writers, consciously or unconsciously, to modify their most passionate work. Inspired by a philosophy of individuality and moral rigor, Bly combines ideas and techniques from social work, psychotherapy, and neuroscience with the traditional teaching of fresh metaphor, salient dialogue, lively pace, and analysis of other literary work in her pioneering new approach. She also includes exercises and examples in an extensive practical appendix. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Writer's Guide to Plot, Revision, and Autobiography: A Digital Pamphlet: Excerpted from The Modern Library's Writer's Workshop

Author: Stephen Koch

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0812993721

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 3092

From Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, comes essential and practical advice drawn from The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. With nearly thirty years of teaching experience, Stephen Koch has earned a reputation as an astute and benevolent mentor; and with Advice to the Writer, his lucid observations and commonsense techniques have never been more accessible. Here Koch dispenses sound guidance for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way: in “Shaping the Story,” he untangles plot; in “Working and Reworking,” he explains the most teachable (yet least often taught) of all writerly skills: revision; and in “The Story of the Self,” he delves into autobiography. Featuring handpicked commentary from some of our greatest authors, Advice to the Writer is a unique introduction to this maddening and intoxicating pursuit. Praise for Stephen Koch’s The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop “An extraordinarily comprehensive and practical work by a master craftsman and a master analyst of the craft.”—Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising and Anything Goes “Stephen Koch was my teacher long ago. Now he is everyone’s teacher, indelibly. This is a book not just for the beginning writer but for every writer.”—Martha McPhee, author of the National Book Award nominee Gorgeous Lies “The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop is a treasure trove of wisdom, both immensely practical and philosophical, entertaining and thought-provoking. Koch takes us inside the writing process, and it is impossible not to emerge transformed.”—Joanna Hershon, author of Swimming
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Practical Advice for Personal and Family Writing

Author: Vera Goodman,Rod Chapman

Publisher: Vera Goodman

ISBN: 9780969993834

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 100

View: 1982

Children become writers when the adults in their lives model and celebrate writing. This ground-breaking book presents imple ways to give writing a central place both personally and as a family. Especially recommended for parents of young children.
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Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1578860113

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

View: 9393

A fiction-writing text by a well-known sci-fi author, editor and professor.
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Roman

Author: Mur Lafferty

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 364122179X

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 5714

Durch die Schwärze des Universums gleitet ein einsames, aber dafür umso gewaltigeres Raumschiff – die Dormire. An Bord befinden sich 2000 Passagiere und sechs Besatzungsmitglieder. Stirbt ein Crewmitglied, wird es umgehend durch seinen eigenen Klon ersetzt. Doch dann erwacht der Klon von Maria Arena vorzeitig und über und über mit Blut befleckt. Marias Erinnerungen wurden gelöscht, sie weiß nur noch, dass sie getötet wurde – ebenso wie der Rest der Crew. Schnell ist den Klonen klar, dass sich an Bord der Dormire ein Mörder aufhält, und wenn sie ihn nicht schnell finden, wird er wieder zuschlagen ...
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A Guide for K-6 Teachers

Author: Amy Benjamin,Barbara Golub

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317566270

Category: Education

Page: 110

View: 4487

Help your students improve their language skills and become stronger readers and writers. In this timely book, literacy experts Amy Benjamin and Barbara Golub offer best practices for fortifying the writer’s workshop model with meaningful, relevant instruction in grammar. The book answers questions such as... What does a writer’s workshop look like and how does it fit into balanced literacy models? How does grammar fit into a writer’s workshop? How can you use natural language acquisition to transition children from non-Standard to Standard English patterns? How can you teach students to identify a complete sentence? What are effective ways to teach parts of speech? How can you build on nouns and verbs to teach adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and dependent clauses? In each chapter, you’ll find out exactly what teaching the targeted concept looks like in a workshop classroom. Examples are provided for different grade levels and can be adapted as necessary to meet your needs. This book is a No-Worksheet Zone. You’ll learnhow to present grammar using authentic text and talk, leading to more durable learning.
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Author: Sandra Bark

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN: 9781585423644

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 90

View: 9597

A complete kit designed to help readers develop their writing skills and stimulate new ideas includes The Art of Writing, a guide designed to help writers get started that includes tips on writing techniques, avoiding creative blocks, and other essential skills; thirty cards with daily writing exercises; and a blank book and pen. Original. 17,500 first printing.
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Fatzer and Other Dramatic Projects

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474273297

Category: Drama

Page: 400

View: 3445

Brecht was never inclined to see any of his plays as completely finished, and this volume collects some of the most important theatrical projects and fragments that were always to remain 'works in progress'. Offering an invaluable insight into the writer's working methods and practices, the collection features the famous Fatzer as well as The Bread Store and Judith of Shimoda, along with other texts that have never before been available in English. Alongside the familiar, 'completed' plays, Brecht worked on many ideas and plans which he never managed to work up even once for print or stage. In pieces like Fleischhacker, Garbe/Büsching and Jacob Trotalong we see how such projects were abandoned or interrupted or became proving grounds for ideas and techniques. The works collated here span over thirty years and allow the reader to follow Brecht's creative process as he constantly revised his work to engage with new contexts. This treasure-trove of new discoveries is also annotated with dramaturgical notes to present readable and useable texts for the theatre. The volume is edited by Tom Kuhn and Charlotte Ryland, with the translation and dramaturgical edition of each play provided by a team of experienced writers, scholars and translators.
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Author: Richard Gentry, Ph.D.,Jan McNeel, M.A.Ed.

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1480776890

Category:

Page: 4

View: 2649

Incorporate writing instruction in your classroom as an essential element of literacy development while implementing best practices. Simplify the planning of writing instruction and become familiar with the Common Core State Standards of Writing.
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Author: Richard Gentry, Ph.D.,Jan McNeel, M.A.Ed.

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 148077748X

Category:

Page: 4

View: 359

Incorporate writing instruction in your classroom as an essential element of literacy development while implementing best practices. Simplify the planning of writing instruction and become familiar with the Common Core State Standards of Writing.
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15 Engaging Lessons That Help Your Students Write Happily Ever After

Author: Susan Lunsford

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590433723

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 7895

Provides lessons for first- to third-graders on writing stories using examples based on familiar picture books
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Modeling Effective Writing, Reading, and Thinking Strategies for Student Success

Author: Cynthia D. Urbanski

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 148336187X

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 5040

Take a peek into an effective workshop-based classroom and discover how you can enhance adolescents' technical and creative abilities in reading, writing, and thinking.
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Author: Pat Schneider

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199840245

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

View: 1018

For more than a quarter of a century, Pat Schneider has helped writers find and liberate their true voices. She has taught all kinds--the award winning, the struggling, and those who have been silenced by poverty and hardship. Her innovative methods have worked in classrooms from elementary to graduate level, in jail cells and public housing projects, in convents and seminaries, in youth at-risk programs, and with groups of the terminally ill. Now, in Writing Alone and with Others, Schneider's acclaimed methods are available in a single, well-organized, and highly readable volume. The first part of the book guides the reader through the perils of the solitary writing life: fear, writer's block, and the bad habits of the internal critic. In the second section, Schneider describes the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, widely used across the U.S. and abroad. Chapters on fiction and poetry address matters of technique and point to further resources, while more than a hundred writing exercises offer specific ways to jumpstart the blocked and stretch the rut-stuck. Schneider's innovative teaching method will refresh the experienced writer and encourage the beginner. Her book is the essential owner's manual for the writer's voice.
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Crafting Paragraphs, Building Essays

Author: Bob Brannan

Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780072522679

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 649

View: 8002

From paragraph to essay, no text builds better writing with such an active and collaborative approach. A Writer's Workshop helps hone writing through the detailed instruction - explanation, examples, student models, and activities - that students need.
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Where do writers get their ideas from ... It's called Life

Author: Suzanne Ruthven

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1846948541

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

View: 6009

The second most common question a writer is asked is, 'where do your ideas come from?' (The first is, 'Do you make any money from it?') Experienced writers don't go looking for ideas; ideas come to them. An experienced writer just has the knack of spotting what makes a good story or what will make a good story once it's been given the right spin, because none of us, if we're honest, will let reality get in the way of a saleable piece of work. Editors are looking for an element of action, drama or surprise, even in non-fiction. It's what catches their attention and makes them pause to read further; and the key to any editor's heart is originality. Not necessarily a new departure in style or genre, but a refreshing and original slant on a popular theme. Life-Writes helps you to find and develop ideas with editor appeal.
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Author: Richard Gentry, Ph.D.,Jan McNeel, M.A.Ed.

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1480776300

Category:

Page: 4

View: 8073

Incorporate writing instruction in your classroom as an essential element of literacy development while implementing best practices. Simplify the planning of writing instruction and become familiar with the Common Core State Standards of Writing.
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