Creative Nonfiction Writing

Nonfiction covers everything from history and cooking to self help and travel. Here you’ll find learn how to master nonfiction writing, how to conduct good research, collect data, and convey a sense of authority in your work – no matter what you choose to write.

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences...

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.

5 Tips for Correcting Factual Errors in Your Writing

A sure-fire way to ruin any writer's relationship with his or her editor is to turn in an article with factual inaccuracies, especially if those mistakes make it to print. Britta Waller offers writers 5 tips on how to avoid the embarrassment of submitting erroneous material to your publisher.

5 Tips on Avoiding Information Overload

What do you do when you have more information than your allotted word count can handle? David Fryxell, the editorial director of Writer's Digest, tackles the problem of information overload. Here five tips to help lighten your load.

Ideas for Articles Close to Home

You may feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, with no compelling nonfiction topics to write about nearby. Marcia Yudkin, author of Writing About the World Around You, dispells that notion, and gives tips for researching the interesting ideas that surround you.

Michelle Takes Manhattan

A writer makes the most of her grand prize from WD's Annual Writing Competition as she hits New York City for back-to-back agent meetings. Was it worth the trip? Come along and find out.

Organizing Information So You Can Use It

Freelance writers need reliable information, but they often lack the resources and organizational skills of a publication's editorial research department. Jeffery Zbar outlines six tips to turning vast stockpiles of otherwise latent research data into powerful snippets for your stories or leads for future pieces.