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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.

A Day in the Life

Historians hold Mary Chesnut’s account of the Civil War as essential to understanding our past. Here’s why. Read more

Writing Advice From Nonfiction Writers

Nonfiction writers give us their techniques and advice for writing. Read more

Risky Business With Tony Horwitz

Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz talks about America’s obsession with the Civil War and how he finds great stories by taking chances. Read more

The Art of the Blog

Web logs are the new online journaling craze. Get on board the buzz with this guide on how to blog! Read more

Culling Corporate Clients

You can break into the high-paying business market if you know where to look and how to sell your skills. Read more

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. Read more

Looking for the Silver Lining

The recent tough times in the media marketplace can mean opportunities for freelancers who can go with the flow. Read more

Everyday Life During the Civil War

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A Good Yarn

Caroline Alexander’s nonfiction bestsellers are as gripping as any novel. The secret: Let the research carry you away. Read more

A Tip for Nonfiction Writers on the Use of Quotes

There is a popular misconception among many nonfiction writers that leading off an article or story with a quote is a cliched technique. David Fryxell, however, disagrees. Read more

Secrets to Great Interviews

Author Greg Daugherty provides insights into interview preparation for nonfiction writers. Read more

STAR This Site

Freelance copywriter has winning Web site Read more

Add One Anecdote.

Use anecdotes to deliver delicious features. Read more

The Truth is Out There

The Internet can make finding facts for articles fast and easy—but be careful not to get caught in the Web. Here’s how to get instant answers online. Read more

Writing Corporate History

How freelancer Jack El-Hai went from writing for historical magazines to writing corporate histories. Read more

How to Write How-to

Step 1: Read this article. Step 2: Write effective stories that will teach anyone how to do anything. Read more

A Tuesday With Mitch

A Tuesday With Mitch Read more

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. Read more

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s Read more

Master the Mechanics of Nonfiction

Get your nonfiction book into the winner’s circle by fine-tuning your passion and your business sense. Read more

The Art Of The Anecdote

The Art Of The Anecdote Read more

When Words Play, You Win!

What to do when a blank page stares blankly back? Hold on tight while your mind unravels. Read more

All Work and No Play? No Way.

All Work and No Play? No Way. Read more

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. Read more


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