Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Annotated Bibliography

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Authors, Writers, and Editors, on the Internet at (visited April 07, 2010).

This webpage is going to be very helpful because it if full of basic information. It has facts that I’m going to need for the first paragraph for sure. It is so readable. It’s like a creative basics website for dummies and I love it. It’s laid out so simply that it is easy to find the information that I need. It tells me the average salary writers can make. It tells me the basic training and education needed. It also has employment rates and projection data.

Hollander, David. "Imperative." ProQuest, Jan.-Feb. 2006. Web. 7 Apr. 2010. .

I found this article on the Proquest database. It is about a wonderful writer being rejected from six different MFA programs. Including the one where the author (this person’s old professor) worked. The author of this piece becomes enraged that his student got rejected so much even though he is an incredible creative writer. It is a lot about how MFA programs only want to accept a certain kind of writer and how they only teach a certain method of writing. If an MFA makes a writer more credible and more likely to get published, isn’t that unfair to the people that get rejected? If only a certain kind of writer gets accepted into MFA programs and only a certain method and style of writing is taught there than how can there be any variety in the works that get published.

Poets & Writers. Poets & Writers. Web. 7 Apr. 2010.

The Poets and Writers Magazine is most definitely a trade publication. I didn’t realize they had a website until I started asking my mom about it. This is a magazine that is chock full of every little thing a writer needs to know. About anything. It has been going since 1970. The subtitle on the webpage says it all really. “The Nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers.” Everything on here is meant to help creative writers and writers in general. Unlike other sites I came across, I don’t have to pay $200 to access the information that the Poets and Writers organization has to offer. They have an archive section that lets me search any keyword and it will sort through every issue since 1980.

"Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs." Best Colleges Online. 5 Feb. 2009. Web. 7 Apr. 2010. .

This web page isn’t just a blog. It is a list of the top 100 blogs on creative writing. It has multiple sub topics that will be incredibly useful. Subtopics such as Aspiring Authors, Improving Your Craft, Getting Published and Grammar and Editing. One blog is about writing challenges, inspiration and shared writing. Many others focus on the bloggers experience as a writer. One of the blogs( ) in particular looks extremely helpful. It is visually pleasing. It is written by more than one bloggers so that cuts down on the possibility of being biased.

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