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Thursday, January 14, 2010

75 Books for Writers (and Readers)

My theory is that if a book is useful to a writer, then it is useful to an avid reader. Most of them anyway. Here is a blog post at OnlineUniversities.com with a compiled list of 75 books of particular interest to writers. The blogger arranged the books into 9 categories which, of course, overlap somewhat: writing basics, advice from authors, improving your writing, grammar, references, writing as a career, genre or format specific, classics, and creativity and motivation.

It seems to be a good list. All of my spot-check selections were in the list: Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Strunk & White (woe be it if that weren't there) and a couple others.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Odyssey Writing Workshop Online

SFscope reports that Odyssey Writing Workshop, a respected classroom-based writing program, now has some online writing workshop offerings. Individual online courses are not equivalent to the residential courses, but may be useful to many speculative fiction writers. The class size is limited to 14 students. The next course is Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction, beginning January 6, 2010 with applications accepted from October 10 to December 10, 2009.

This course will be taught by Jeanne Cavelos, an author and editor, and winner of the World Fantasy Award for launching the Abyss psychological horror imprint at Bantam Doubleday Dell. She is the director and primary instructor at Odyssey.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Girls' Fault Boys Talk Bad?

In short, this British study shows that, particularly in primary school, the more girls there are in the classroom, the more poorly boys do in English class...by one-tenth of a grade for a moderately higher percentage of girls. The reasoning is speculated to be that boys are discouraged to see girls doing so well.

I would point out that to say there are more girls is equivalent to saying there are fewer boys. If you're guessing the cause, then one framework is as good as the other. According to the statistics, girls are stone-heartedly unaffected by the number of boys in the classroom. (I added the stone-heartedly for dramatic effect.) But, the article points out, strangely, that girls do better if there are some boys in the class who receive free school meals. (I didn't make that up.)

Is there a literary consequence to this? No. None. Nada.

Oh, wait, maybe the boys are so depressed at seeing girls excel that they aggressively seek ownership and control of publishing companies and thereby suppress women's publishing opportunities.

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