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10 Fabulous Articles for Writers & Other Cool Stuff This Week

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As usual, I want to bring you up-to-date on the latest and greatest stuff at Writer's Digest, as well as other free tools and resources I love!

The Brainstormer
Have you seen this ultra-cool prompt wheel? It's free to use online, and also available as a $1.99 iPhone app. (I hope to interview the creator on this blog very soon—stay tuned.)

10 Not-to-Be-Missed Articles From Writer's Digest
These articles were recently posted at WritersDigest.com. Have you seen them yet?

How Will You Spend Your July? Try the "Write Great Fiction" Webinar Series!
I am very excited to announce that we're partnering with best-selling author James Scott Bell to offer a series of fiction writing technique webinars in July. It's a three-part series, and if you're fan of Plot & Structure, I think you'll love interacting in live time with Jim:

For nonfiction authors, here's a different opportunity: A live webinar this week with literary agent Sharlene Martin, "10 Secrets to a Winning Book Proposal."

Are You Enrolled in an MFA Program in 2010-2011?
Last year we launched MFA Confidential, where we have an MFA student blog for us about the experience of studying and practicing writing in a formal university program. We've had a wonderful time with the talented Kate Monahan, but now it's time for someone else to take the reins.

Click here to find out more on becoming our MFA blogger for a year, and getting visible to hundreds of thousands of writers and industry professionals.

And if you haven't read MFA Confidential before, check out this post: Thinking About Life Inside an MFA Program

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Finally, last but not least, our sister community, Digital Book World, is partnering with Mike Shatzkin to launch a series of webcasts, "Enhanced E-Book University."

For the advanced authors/freelancers at Writer's Digest, this a phenomenal opportunity to learn from the brightest and best on the topic of e-books and enhanced e-books.

The first session is free, and you can't afford to miss it!

It is June 29, at 1p EDT. The first, free session takes a critical look at the current enhanced e-book marketplace, and offers a discussion of when, why, and how to enhance digital book content. Click here to register for free!

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

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 "different way of seeing the world" poem.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

From Script

Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.