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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!

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WD Presents: The 3 Prime Rules of Horror Writing, Contest Deadlines, and More!

Welcome to the first installment of a new series! There's always so much happening in the Writer's Digest universe that even staff members have trouble keeping up. So we're going to start collecting what's on the horizon to make it easier for everyone to know what's happening and when.


Lenora Bell: When Fairy Tales Meet Reality TV

Bestselling historical romance author Lenora Bell discusses researching, avoiding info-dumps while still charming readers, and how her latest book was inspired by her life.


Three Keys to Crafting Chemistry Between Characters

Romance author Michelle Major explains her three go-to tips for ensuring your characters have believable chemistry.

Saving Money on Your Screenwriting Career

Take Two: Saving Money on Your Screenwriting Career

No one wants to break the bank to learn how to write a screenplay. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares practical tips on saving money on the pursuit of a screenwriting career.


10 Epic Quotes From Watership Down, by Richard Adams

Here are 10 epic quotes from Watership Down, by Richard Adams. The story of a group of rabbits who escape an impending danger to find a new home, Watership Down is filled with moments of survival, faith, friendship, fear, and hope.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Quintilla Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the quintilla.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Fight or Flight

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


Vintage WD: 10 Rules for Suspense Fiction

John Grisham once admitted that this article from 1973 helped him write his thrillers. In it, author Brian Garfield shares his go-to advice for creating great suspense fiction.


The Chaotically Seductive Path to Persuasive Copy

In this article, author, writing coach, and copywriter David Pennington teaches you the simple secrets of excellent copywriting.