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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The 6 Best Books on Writing

The 6 Best Books on Writing | Scriveners' Trappings |
When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

Via Dennis T OConnor, Lynnette Van Dyke
Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Narrativs | Scriveners' Trappings |
Stories that move us

Description by New Learning Times


"Everyone has a Story to Tell
Do you have a story you would like to share? Do you enjoy reading short stories?Narrativs believes that everyone has a story to tell and aims to connect people all over the world through storytelling. Narrativs has created a digital space where aspiring writers can gain support for their work and receive constructive criticism. On the Narrativs website everyone is invited to submit a poem or short story – fiction or non-fiction. The Narrativs editing team provides feedback on the submission and the author is encouraged to make the necessary changes. After the piece goes through the editing process the story is then published on the Narrativs site and readers can rate and write comments in reaction to the story. This new publishing format allows one to learn about the world from many different perspectives by reading this diverse collection of stories.


"Social Entrepreneurship 
Narrativs aims to give everyone a voice, not only by creating a platform for writers to share their work, but also by financially supporting non- profit projects that promote literacy. Founder, Rachel Ngoc Anh Bui was inspired to develop Narrativs after listening to a global responsibility-focused speech by the prince of Norway. Narrativs plans to gather the best stories from the site to publish in a book. The money that the book generates will be given to groups that aid education in developing countries. The Narrativs team hopes to inspire others to find ways to develop businesses that make the world a better place. The team has been visiting schools in the United States and motivating students to create businesses that are socially responsible. Narrativs is creating a valuable narrative around both digital authorship and global citizenship."


Margaret Waage's comment, August 31, 2013 1:58 PM
I love this idea because it is true. What I love even more is the idea of sharing narratives because that experience is what connects us to each other.
mtmeme's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Interesting type of support!

harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:16 AM
It is indeed very powerful and wish to study deep on the subject.
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Slick Write

Slick Write | Scriveners' Trappings |

Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.

Via Dennis T OConnor
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:45 PM

Lots of feedback!  Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check.  A great revision tool. 

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Top 10 Blogs for Authors

Top 10 Blogs for Authors | Scriveners' Trappings |
Serious writers, who have experienced some level of success, when probed, will reveal that they have done their homework.


They continuously read various magazines and blogs for authors, not just to help them improve their writing, but to ensure that they stay on top of the latest developments and opportunities.


Many of the opportunities that I’ve snagged were discovered only as a result of reading and interacting with others on various blogs. These are opportunities I never would’ve found, otherwise...

Via Martin Gysler
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TED Talks for Writers and the Writing Classroom ~ Learnist

TED Talks for Writers and the Writing Classroom ~ Learnist | Scriveners' Trappings |

by Maggie Messitt

"TED Talks are outstanding for the classroom and I'm always on the lookout for talks specifically applicable to writers, storytelling, research, and my writing classroom / workshops. Here is just a small collection to get you started."

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digitalwritingworkshop - home

digitalwritingworkshop - home | Scriveners' Trappings |

Wiki Home
A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing, this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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The Shapes of Stories

The Shapes of Stories | Scriveners' Trappings |

Via Gregg Morris, Dennis T OConnor
kenekaplan's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:26 PM

And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard

Angela Antle's comment, January 30, 2013 8:15 AM
Fun graphic of most effective story shapes