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WRITER BEWARE®

WRITER BEWARE®
About Us Mission Who we are, what we do, and why. Includes information on how to contact us. Overview and Site Map What you’ll find on the Writer Beware website, plus links to general resources about literary scams. Writer Beware® Legal Recourse and Other Remedies What do you do if you’ve been defrauded? Scams in Action Case studies of notable literary scams, including Edit Ink, Commonwealth Publications, Deering Literary Agency, Martha Ivery/Press-Tige Publishing, and more. The Truth About Literary Agents’ Fees What you need to know about fee-charging literary agents. Writer Beware®: The Blog To complement the general advice and warnings on the Writer Beware website, Writer Beware’s blog provides up-to-the-minute information on specific scams and schemes–along with advice for writers, industry news, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world. Connect With Us On Social Media Whom Not to Query Our “Thumbs Down” Agency List

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Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.”

Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers Are you integrating digital storytelling in your course with your students ? Are you looking for a carefully crafted rubric to help you guide your digital storytelling activities ? Well you don't have to go far, the answers are right below these couple of lines. This is probably the first time I am publishing a rubric on evaluating digital storytelling. Why Do Readers Stop Reading? – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m a little swamped right now, so instead of our usual thesaurus entry, I’m reposting an old favorite. It’s the first in a series of posts that explore different reasons why I stopped reading certain books. This is really helpful information for us to know as authors so we don’t make the same mistakes in our own books. I like keeping lists. And I like books.

8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling First appeared on Edudemic. (Updated 3/14/2014) Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version of the age-old art of storytelling with a twist: digital tools now make it possible for anyone to create a story and share it with the world.

Do you know how to write good exposition background? – jean's writing And how to avoid info-dumping? FYI, I’ve been working on my latest book for the past year and boy-howdy this has been a big issue for me. Not sure what writing with good exposition is? It’s like beautiful painting when done right. But done wrong, turns into ugly info-dumping. Too much information in a story all at once drives me nuts. Dilemma of Author-educators Migrating to Story-based eLearning Design Our belief: At Vignettes Learning we use stories in eLearning; however, we make them interactive. The emphasis is getting learners involved in the story and not just telling the learners the story.Synthesis.Developing story-based elearning design requires a different or new set of skills and competencies. Possessing good writing, education and training backgrounds would certainly help anyone who aspires to become an elearning story-based curriculum developer. Understanding the perspective of authors and writers is equally important for trainers in the process of helping these academic Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) migrate from linear to modular learning. Image source: www. edudemic.com

7 Tactics for Creative Writers to Generate New Story Ideas by Gloria Kopp Story ideas to me come in the middle of a drive to work or when I’m asleep. Gloria Kopp gives us a few ideas on how to generate some new ideas, rather than trying to remember your story idea til morning. =) Story ideas can be generated in an endless number of ways, inspired by even the most seemingly insignificant thing. There’s no absolutely definitive ‘to do’ list for being able to create story ideas, and each writer will have their own triggers to spark their creativity. But, there are a few tactics that can work to help get those ideas flowing. Digital Native Students are More Consumers than Creators OK, friends– it’s time to get over it. You might call young people “digital native students” but there are severe limits to their ability to turn that geekdom into real learning. The persistent myth of modern digital native students connotes for many that millennial students have a natural fluency with digital tools that previous generations did not. However, studies consistently show that today’s students are much better consumers of content than creators of it, and that this consumer orientation doesn’t translate into empowered learning.

How to Write Great Descriptions Descriptions are some of my favorite things to do. But they’re not easy to write well. Descriptions have changed over the years. Stienbeck’s The Gapes of Wrath was published in 1939. Here’s the beginning: Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Steinbeck fan, but that was before TV, Netflix, apps, and Xbox. Teacher's Guide to Digital Storytelling Teaching critical thinking and creativity in writing can be a difficult task, but it is crucial in preparing students to meet the standards of the Common Core. Digital storytelling is a highly effective technique for doing so, as it requires a clear organization of thought, discipline, and problem solving skills — all of which can translate directly into more traditional essay writing. What’s more, digital storytelling has the added benefit of meeting other Common Core standards relating to proficiency in technical skills. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look at why digital storytelling is an effective approach for teaching writing, and how to do it best.

100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises Want to become a better writer? Perhaps you want to write novels, or maybe you just want to get better grades in your essay writing assignments, or maybe you’d like to start a popular blog. If you want to write better, you need practice. But what does a writing practice actually look like? How Visual Thinking Improves Writing Teaching Strategies Marissa Moss Younger kids typically love to draw and aren’t too worried about the outcomes of their artwork — until they get older.

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