Here's your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.
by Jerry D. Simmons
Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.
by Linda Formichelli
One of the earmarks of Spanish poetry is the use of a leap into seemingly unrelated imaginary material. Poets such as Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo and Antonio Machado all use this technique to great effect.
by Dorianne Laux
Here's the winning entry in the 2008 WD Poetry Awards.
Lee Tupman’s “The Forest of Lost Husbands” took first place in WD’s 3rd Annual Poetry Awards competition, taking home $500 in prize money. The online contest, which pulled in nearly 3,800 entries, was open to poems of any style that were original, unpublished and 32 lines or fewer.
by Brian A. Klems
“What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare asked this question more than 400 years ago and poets are still puzzling over it. Read this exchange between the Bard’s famous star-crossed lovers (at right) and remember when you first heard it.
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 are grammatically correct....
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.
Can you write one poem every day in April (National Poetry Month)? Join the editor of Writer's Market, Robert Brewer, as he offers prompts and encouragement—plus monitor his progress over at his blog, Poetic Asides!
Some tips about submitting poetry to magazines and publishers from Po
Six Questions With Robert Pinsky
Life's miseries are the backbone of a strong blues poem.
How many poems can you send to a magazine at one time? How do you prepare a collection of poetry for submission to a publisher? A poetry expert answers these and other questions.
Going through a creative slump? Try these exercises to get your inspirational muscles back in shape.
Though the providers of thoughts listed below are primarily poets, their advice is universal to all writers.
Learn how to use poetry to express your spiritual connections.
Black, white, young, old, rich, poorso just who is writing poetry in the new millennium?
Craft a poem that editors and judges can't pass up by incorporating these seven techniques.
Understanding poetic techniques can strengthen your articles and stories.
One of the 20th century's most gifted and famous poets, Sylvia Plath kept extensive journals that spanned most of her adolescence and adulthood. The sorrow behind her tragic death at the age of 30 has made Plath a cult hero, and the secrecy of the contents of her journals has made their Fall 2000...
Poet and author Michael Bugeja explains how exploring the techniques and principles of poetry can help you become a better writer. Here are some exercises Bugeja suggests to help you improve your prose through poetry.
It's a real thrill to find an excellent poetry collection like Boomer Girls: Poems by Women From the Baby Boom Generation (University of Iowa Press). Editors Pamela Gemin and Paula Sergi talked with Writer's Digest a bit about how they assembled this beautiful collection of talented poets.
Arrange your poetry with a purpose to shape your collection into a cohesive, lyrical manuscript.
Can you have it both ways? Here, three author/poets discuss why prose writers should try poetry, and why poets should pen prose.
Is it safe to submit your poetry to an Internet site or online journal? What should you watch out for? Robin Travis-Murphree, executive editor of Poetic Voices, offers some advice.