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Back from Alaska Round-Up (3 Tips)

I just returned from my 1-week
adventure in Alaska. It is certainly the most foreign place I've ever
been within the United States. You can check out photos here.

Here are 3 tips for your Alaska adventure:

  1. One glacier experience is probably enough to satiate your curiosity about glaciers.
  2. You haven't experienced Alaska unless you take advantage of the
    ubiquitous bush air services. Air is the most efficient form of
    transportation to and within the state; most towns do not have road or
    highway access, and that includes the state capital of Juneau.
  3. Weather is extremely changeable. Think Gore-Tex.

And here are 3 tips on exciting stuff at Writer's Digest that I wasn't able to mention last week since I was completely off the grid (e.g., inside a glacier moulin, as pictured above).

Instant Publishing how-to class (Sep 17)
In
one of my last conference workshops, I made the comment that with tools
today, you can instantly publish yourself. One writer piped up,
"Instant Publishing! I want a book on that topic!" In lieu of a book,
I'm teaching a class on Thursday, Sept. 17 that gives you a tour of
sites that provide instant publishing capabilities (free, very little
or no tech experience required). I'll discuss how and when to make your
content free, when to charge, and how to evaluate your success. The
class fee is $79, with an opportunity for live Q&A. Click here for
more info and a link to register.


8 Tips for Writers on Digital Change in Publishing (WD Conference)
Our
big NYC event on Sept 18-20 is only a couple weeks away. If you've been on the fence
about it, be sure to check out our very affordable 1-day registration options. You can get
an excellent preview of Mike Shatzkin's keynote, "What do you tell a writer about
digital change in publishing?" over at his blog. Even if you are not going to the event, don't miss his 8 tips.

New MFA Confidential blog
Just
launched this week! Check out our newest addition to the Writer's
Digest blog family by Kate Monahan, a 2nd year MFA student at The New
School University in downtown New York City. One of her first posts is about 6 lessons learned during her first year.

More wonderful stuff still to come this week, including a guest post tomorrow by Darrelyn Saloom.

Below: A view of the Hubbard Glacier.

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

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 punishment poem.