Skip to main content

Kelly's Favorite Picks

From books to magazines to digital downloads to online workshops to webinars, it’s easy to find the perfect holiday gift for the writer in you life! by Kelly Nickell

As the executive editor for Writer’s Digest Books, the workbook editor for Writer’s Digest magazine, and the point person for acquiring and developing new courses for WritersOnlineWorkshops.com, it’s my privilege to actively participate in selecting and shaping content for a variety of Writer’s Digest products.

With this in mind, I thought I’d tell you about a few of my absolute favorite WD products in case you’ve still got a little holiday shopping to do (either for yourself or someone else!).

Books
The Art of War for Writers, just out from best-selling novelist James Scott Bell, is filled with timeless wisdom all fiction writers would do well to remember. (Read an excerpt.)
Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers has already been a Kelly’s Pick so I won’t go into great detail here except to say that as far as inspirational creativity/writing life books go, this one is a standout for me. The hardcover edition is still available in the WritersDigestShop.com, as is the recently released paperback edition. (Read an excerpt.)
The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide by Becky Levine is due out toward the end of the December (it’s available now as a digital download), and it’s definitely worth checking out. It not only shows you how to meaningfully contribute to another writer’s growth, but it also shows you how to better read and evaluate your own work. (Read an excerpt.)
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition by Chuck Sambuchino is a practical must-have for any writer who’s ready to start the submission process. (Read an excerpt.)

WritersOnlineWorkshops.com
Writing the Young Adult Novel is an eight-week companion course to Writing & Selling the Young Adult Novel by successful YA author K.L. Going. The course educates on the YA genre and then helps you hone your writing techniques with lessons on dialogue, emotions, and more. (Read an excerpt from the book.)
Writing the Breakout Novel is an eight-week companion course to Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook both by literary agent Donald Maass. This course looks at every aspect of novel writing and does a terrific job of connecting and exploring all the different core elements.
• Essentials of Writing the Personal Essay II: Advanced is a wonderful, thoughtful course that explores such crucial topics as truth in nonfiction, intention and manipulation, plot and structure, and much more.

Writer’s Digest Magazine
• If you want a steady stream of great instruction and industry news, then now is the perfect time to subscribe to Writer’s Digest magazine. In 2010, the magazine is going to release its 90th Anniversary issue, a creativity issue, an issue on the ever-popular topic of agents, and so much more. You’ll find interviews and insider advice from top industry professionals and best-selling authors, great writing instruction in the Workbook (I promise!), and other fun surprises.

Other Products

• The 2010 Webinar schedule is shaping up to an outstanding one! Writer’s Digest Publisher and Editorial Director Jane Friedman will continue to present her popular First Page Novel Critiques webinar, and you’ll find Chuck Sambuchino popping up from time to time to present on agents. We’ve also got a number of free webinars planned for early 2010, including a live query letter critique, so don’t forget to check in from time to time!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.