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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.

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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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. Read more

Mightier than the Sword

Whether fountain or felt-tip, your words are worth the added flair of a perfect pen. Read more

Tips for Powerful, Understated Writing

In our era of exclamation points, sometimes nothing works better than a whisper. Read more

Enough Backstory, On With the Action!

Condense and time the delivery of a character’s history to intensify your reader’s interest in your nonfiction story. Read more

6 Questions: Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier, author of On the Rez, says the Native American ethos has long appealed to him, and what’s wrong with that? Read more

Enlightened by Natalie Goldberg

Enlightened by Natalie Goldberg Read more

The Writing Life Interview: Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such historical novels as Master Georgie and Every Man for Himself (about the Titanic). She has an intriguing way of researching, and of feeding her imagination. Read more

Freelance Success — Ruth Morris

Living the dream in Bogota. Read more

The Right Word for the Write Job

Finding the right word can help strengthen your manuscript while adding your own voice and personal style to the piece. Read more

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. Read more

Writing Careers: Kathleen Gasperini

Kathleen Gasperini, producer and editor of W.i.g. (Women in General), talks about her career. Read more

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

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