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WD Presents: 2 New Webinars, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce two new webinars, six WDU courses, and more!

There's always so much happening in the Writer's Digest universe that even staff members have trouble keeping up. As a result, we decided to start collecting what's on the horizon to make it easier for everyone to know what's happening and when.

This week, we're excited to announce two new webinars, six WDU courses, and more!

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Enroll In These Two New Webinars!

Powerful Plotting

Powerful Plotting

Do you struggle to finish your story or get stuck in the middle? Do you ever feel like you can’t figure out what should happen next in your story, or how you’ll get your protagonist to the end goal? These kinds of plot problems and others can thwart your progress unnecessarily. Getting down the bones or architecture of plot is one of the most important parts of writing a compelling story. Whether you consider yourself a “pantser” or a “plotter” the more you understand what makes a plot compelling, the easier it is to build your own without sacrificing tension or pace.

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Writing Your First Draft in a Month

Writing Your First Draft in a Month

Are you ready to finally get those words on the page? Strap in for the wildest ride of your writing life. Writing your first draft in a month is the ultimate challenge, but with the right determination, great time management, and a developed story idea that keeps you motivated, you can achieve the impossible. Join literary agent Katie Shea Boutillier with her expert knowledge on how to actually get this done. 

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Six WDU Courses Begin This Week!

Copyediting Certificate Program

Copyediting Certificate Program

This certification course incorporates critiqued writing assignments and tools to communicate directly with your instructor and fellow students to make sure that you are grasping the content. You will also have quizzes to check yourself along the way and a comprehensive test at the end of the course.

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Submission Coaching: Everything You Need to Know to Get Published

Have you been querying agents and not getting the response you are expecting? Have you been discouraged by publishers insisting upon marketing and platform successes even before your book is published? You are not alone. This six-week class will give you the tools you need and that agents and publishers are looking for when considering taking on an author.

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Writing the Picture Book

Writing the Picture Book

Picture books are one of the most delightful—and important—genres in all of literature. In this course, you'll learn how to write a winning picture book narrative, envision it with illustrations, and put together a picture package that a publisher will really notice.

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Fundamentals of Fiction

Have an amazing story idea, but need to learn the basics of how to write a book? Creating a story that is dynamic and engaging takes a lot more than just setting aside an hour every day to write. This course will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel, including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build characters, what point of view you should choose, how to write great dialogue, and more.

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Short Story Fundamentals

Short Story Fundamentals

Throughout this four-week course, you will have feedback and support while you write and hone an entire short story from beginning to end, and you'll leave with a polished draft of your story. You will get insider information about what editors are looking for in short stories they choose to publish. Literary journals are always looking for quality stories, and with the advances in online submissions, getting your work in front of an editor has never been easier.

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Grammar and Mechanics

Do you remember the difference between the 8 parts of speech and how to use them? Are you comfortable with punctuation and mechanics? No matter what type of writing you do, mastering the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics is an important first step to having a successful writing career.

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