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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

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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

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