WD announces celebrity author columnist lineup

Writer’s Digest magazine is pleased to announce the addition of four famous writers to its Writer’s Workbook line-up: Steve Almond, Susan Shapiro, Dorianne Laux and M.J. Rose. Writer’s Workbook is a popular eight-page section of Writer’s Digest magazine that offers lessons and tips for working on specific aspects of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and marketing.

Steve Almond is the author of two story collections, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow; the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott); the nonfiction book Candyfreak; and his new essay collection, Not That You Asked. His provocative how-to fiction advice first appeared in Writer’s Digest’s February 2008 issue.

Susan Shapiro is a Manhattan-based journalism teacher who has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Glamour, People and Salon. She’s the author of the memoirs Five Men Who Broke My Heart; Lighting Up and Only as Good as Your Word: Writing Lessons From My Favorite Literary Gurus. Her tried-and-true nonfiction lessons debuted in Writer’s Digest’s April 2008 issue.

Celebrated poet Dorianne Laux’s poetry commentary debuts in Writer’s Digest’s June 2008 issue. A poet-in-residence at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, she’s the author of Facts about the Moon as well as three collections of poetry from BOA Editions: Awake, What We Carry and Smoke, and co-author of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.

M.J. Rose, the newest addition to Writer’s Workbook, shares her savvy marketing tips in Writer’s Digest’s, beginning with the August 2008 issue. The bestselling author of nine novels, including The Reincarnationist, she founded the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com, and writers flock to her popular marketing blog, Buzz, Balls & Hype.

Writer’s Digest is the world’s leading magazine for writers, founded in 1920. Writer’s Market, the bible for writers seeking to publish their work, was first published in 1921. Together, they form the foundation of a wide range of informational, instructional and inspirational offerings for writers. Today those offerings include books, magazines, special-interest publications, educational courses, conferences, websites and more.

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3 thoughts on “WD announces celebrity author columnist lineup

  1. Mary Ulrich

    Actually, I am very excited about the workbook idea. As a teacher, I know I am a "visual/spacial learner" in the Howard Gardner multiple intelligence framework and am very curious how this would work. Pictures often explain things to me better than words. In K-12 we call these "graphic organizers."

    I have been researching several best selling author’s websites and they talk about how they use "storyboards", visual outlines and maps for their stories…. I am trying to visualize what these would look like.

    Other than the obvious, "beginning, middle, end of the story" frames, how detailed should your idea be to get started? Sue Grafton talks about how her past experience in making TV scripts helps her think of the lead-in and phase-out of her scenes. It would be helpful to me to actually see how an author began their creative process, used it during the actual writing and then what the visual map looked like by the end.

    I can’t wait to get the new Writer’s Digest! Mary


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