Catatonic in Culver City writes in....
I have been out in LA trying to be a
screenwriter for the last five years. I've had some luck with things
going into "development" but nothing's actually panned out. I want
very much to get my MFA in fiction writing (also looking quite a lot
at creative nonfiction). I'm very poor and can't afford any writing
classes out here and so I was wondering if you knew of any sources
that would have writing exercises that can get me started on my
portfolio. I have written fiction before, it's just that I don't
currently have any structure. Also, my other concern going into the
application process is that these schools will see I have my BFA in
Writing for Film and Television. Do you think this might work against
me? Any help is appreciated...
CiCC, first of all, your BFA won't work against you at all.
Second, a few books that come to mind for writing exercises:
-- The Writer's Block
-- The Portable MFA in Creative Writing
-- Writing Fiction, by Janet Burroway
Also, two books on every Fiction writer's shelf: Novel and Short Story Writer's Market, and especially Jerome Stern's Making Shapely Fiction.
I'd apprecite other comments about writing books for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or other genres. Thanks. Good luck, CiCC.