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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.

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

Add One Anecdote.

Use anecdotes to deliver delicious features. 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

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

A Tuesday With Mitch

A Tuesday With Mitch 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

When Words Play, You Win!

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

The Art Of The Anecdote

The Art Of The Anecdote 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

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


Go Back in Time 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

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