If you haven't visited the Writer's Digest forums in the last year or read any of his books, you may not know much about author and educator Paul Swearingen. But for many members of the Writer's Digest community, Paul acted as a shepherd and a mentor on their writing journeys as...
Feel the thunderous reverberations of authors and industry pros working to broaden our perspectives—as writers and readers alike. Plus, learn how underrepresented voices are rising in the writing world.
We asked publishing insiders to share book recommendations that they hoped more people would read, period. Here is a selection of their recommendations, beyond those of the authors profiled in print in our May/June 2018 “Roar” roundup.
With Twitter-based pitch events such as #PitchWars and #PitMad so immensely popular, it’s only fitting that #DVpit has now joined their ranks. Created in 2016 by agent Beth Phelan, the hashtag aims to “showcase pitches from marginalized voices that have been historically underrepresented in publishing.”
Penny Moore’s brainchild is the new online directory Literary Agents of Color — which includes bios and submission guidelines for around 50 such agents, and growing.
When writing conferences invite Eric Smith of P.S. Literary to join their roster of attending literary agents, he’s usually happy to comply, pending one request: a guest pass, so that he can bring along a marginalized writer from the surrounding area.
In Iowa Writers’ Workshop–graduate James Han Mattson’s acclaimed first novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, the cyber-bullying of a gay teen leads to a multi-victim shooting. Here, he discusses related topics, including LGBTQ literature and writing about gun violence.
Kellye Garrett discusses her years as a Hollywood screenwriter (with the CBS drama Cold Case among her credits) and the representation of black women in the mystery genre.
The author of three novels for young adults, Ashley Hope Pérez’s most recent work, Out of Darkness, has received national acclaim. Here she discusses the representation of latinx literature in the discussion of global lit.
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 13th Annual Popular Fiction Awards. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from over 875 entries and represent the very best in genre fiction. Here, meet Ami Cameron, winner of this year's awards.
Welcome to Writer’s Digest Literary Lunacy — a March Madness bracket for lovers of classic fiction. We want to know: Which of these classic books is the greatest? That’s up to you. Vote here until March 27 at noon. The book with the most cumulative votes will be crowned champion.
Learn the ABCs of how to develop content for your new author blog in the May/June 2018 Writer’s Digest, and follow these basic steps to give your website a firm foundation—which is, actually, a lot like building a house.
Learn what to change—and what to keep—when incorporating your real-life experiences into your works of fiction.
Welcome to Writer’s Digest Literary Lunacy — a March Madness bracket for lovers of classic fiction. We want to know: Which of these classic books is the greatest? That’s up to you. Voting starts today here on the blog and lasts until on March 27 at noon. The book with the most cumulative...
As a writing critique group member, you walk a hair-thin line between appropriate ruthlessness and inappropriate intrusiveness. So how do you know where the boundaries are before you stumble into them? Here are nine mistakes it’s never okay to make.
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Joseph Parsons of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
For today’s prompt, write a refresh poem. Last week’s prompt was to write an annoyance poem; so this might be a great time to hit the refresh (or re-set) button. Take a deep breath. Count to 10. Write a poem. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by...
In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Candace Kubinec, who writes, “I was a dreamer, not a writer.” Candace...
Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book reviews.
Some writers struggle in transitioning from one type of writing to another, but Nicholas Meyer has conquered many forms. Learn Meyer’s cross-format storytelling processes and what encouraged him to write his memoir, The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.
Writing imitations of work that you admire is a great way to stretch your writing skills and improve your mastery of writing techniques. Here's an example of how it's done using Tana French's In the Woods.
The great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, apparently had a quote for every occasion.
For today’s prompt, write an annoyance poem. It could be about a small annoyance (like the power shutting off here for a few hours this morning). Or it could be about an annoyance that is somewhat more significant. Maybe it’s hair that keeps falling in your eyes, a tickle in the...
During her lifetime, Madeleine L'Engle published over 60 books for children and adults. We can learn a lot from L'Engle and her decades of writing experience through her words of wisdom.
Here are ten real secrets of nonfiction publicity that many people ignore. They are essential ingredients towards creating a real bestselling nonfiction title.