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!

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.

From Script

Approaching Comedy from a Personal Perspective and Tapping into Your Unique Writer’s Voice (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long ('The Simpsons') and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film 'The Exchange', and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film 'Ride the Eagle' co-written with actor Jake Johnson ('New Girl'). Plus, tips on how to tap into your unique voice and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not accepting feedback on your writing.

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Proest Dalgron: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn proest dalgron, a Welsh quatrain form.

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.