Not-To-Be-Missed This Week

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Wonderful things this week! Read on!

Free webinars

  • Today! Free Q&A with Writer's Digest editors at 1p EST. Come and ask any question related to writing, publishing, agents, queries, marketing, self-promotion, platform building, social media, blogging, Twitter, Facebook … you get the idea.
  • For more advanced authors, try this free webinar also at 1p EST today: The Digital Author. It's sponsored by our sister community, Digital Book World.

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive: Registration Now Open for September 2010!
This is where you visit our headquarters, sit down with us in-person for a manuscript critique, and have an experience that changes your entire perspective on authorship and publishing. You'll also meet other writers who you'll stay in touch with for years to come. Go read full event details here. Or check out the testimonials. Either way, make a decision quick, because we'll soon hit our capacity (highly limited registration).

Lots of new offerings at Writer's Digest University
If you haven't noticed, our online education program is blooming this spring! To recap on the newest stuff:

Close Out on Market Books
We're about to release the 2011 editions of our annual market guides, to the 2010 editions are now marked down 40% in the store. Last chance!

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Carla Malden: Writing With Optimism and Innocence

Screenwriter and author Carla Malden explains why young adult fiction and the '60s go hand-in-hand and how she connected with her main character's voice.


Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Talking About the Work-in-Progress

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 writers make is talking about the work-in-progress.


Greta K. Kelly: Publishing Is a Marathon

Debut author Greta K. Kelly reveals how the idea for her novel sparked and the biggest surprise of her publication journey.

Poetic Forms

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Mistress Bradstreet stanza, an invented form of John Berryman.


Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

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


On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

Author Lily Dulan explains why writers have to be willing to go to difficult places inside themselves for their writing to make a positive impact on ourselves, others, and the world.


Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Science fiction author Gerald Brandt explains how this new series explores the genre boundary and how he came to find his newest book's focus.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.


Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!