WD Editor-at-Large Jessica Strawser Named 2019 Writer-in-Residence by the Cincinnati Library Foundation

Jessica Strawser, former WD Editor-in-Chief and current editor-at-large (and of course, author of three novels) has been selected by the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to be its 2019 Writer-in-Residence.
Author:
Publish date:

If you're a long-time Writer's Digest reader, you're well familiar with Jessica Strawser, our former Editor-in-Chief and current editor-at-large—and of course, author of three novels (the latest of which is due out in February of this year).

Image placeholder title

Naturally, the team was delighted to learn that Jessica has been selected by the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to be its 2019 Writer-in-Residence. This prestigious role allows her to serve as the library's literary ambassador to the community, fostering engagement with local writers and readers by providing online and in-person instruction on the craft of writing.

“We had many strong applications for the fifth Writer-in-Residence. Jessica’s experience and commitment to the literary community is outstanding,” Library Foundation Executive Director Staci Dennison said in a press release from the foundation. “We look forward to working with her this year to promote literacy in Cincinnati.”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the program, which will be celebrated with a public panel discussion with Jessica and her Writer-in-Residence predecessors Kathy Y. Wilson, Jeffrey Hillard, Kurt Dinan and Emma Carlson Berne on Jan. 30 at the Main Library. (Locals can register here.)

"Thanks almost entirely to my long and varied career at Writer's Digest, outreach to fellow writers has been a core part of who I am as a writer from the start," Strawser told me via email. "We're fortunate in Cincinnati to have a local library foundation that is second to none with its community outreach, and I'm honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to connect more directly now with aspiring writers and avid readers in my own backyard, through this amazingly generous program."

Congratulations to Jessica! We're all looking forward to seeing the impact she'll make in this exciting role.

To absorb Jessica's expertise from anywhere, you can tune into "Inside the Writer’s Head," a podcast and blog that the Writer-in-Residence hosts throughout the year as part of the program.

Image placeholder title
Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

Weinstein_1:21

The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

Stottlemyre_1:21

Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

plot_twist_story_prompts_take_a_trip_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

Probst_1:20

Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.

Wrobel_1:20

Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

who_are_the_inaugural_poets_for_united_states_presidents_robert_lee_brewer

Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

precedent_vs_president_grammar_rules_robert_lee_brewer

Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.