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 the start of the 2021 April PAD Challenge, upcoming webinars on writing queries and historical novel writing, and more!
2021 April PAD Challenge Started!
It’s not too late to join in with the Writer’s Digest community and take on the Poem-A-Day challenge! Find each prompt here.
For information on how it’s run, who can participate, and how you can share your work with the WD community, check out the 2021 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.
Writer's Digest Columns: Your Story
Want to see your work published in Writer’s Digest? Here are editor tips on how to write a winning Your Story entry.
Five Online Writing Courses Start This Week
Five new online writing courses start this week, including Getting Started in Writing, Writing the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel, and more. Click here to check out the Writer's Digest University calendar.
Copyediting Certificate Program
Writer's Digest is proud to offer our Copyediting Certificate Program. This workshop will provide training for aspiring copy editors in order to give them practical and marketable workplace skills. As a student in this certification course, you will progress from the fundamentals of grammar, form, and composition to advanced copyediting skills.
Breaking into Copywriting 101
Writing is your passion. Why not make it your day job, too? Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter, novelist or playwright, or even just an avid reader, you can turn your love for words into a lucrative career as a professional copywriter. Learn how to become a copywriter by building your portfolio and marketing your services through this online workshop.
The Art of Storytelling 101: Story Mapping and Pacing
Discover how the seven core competencies of storytelling—concept, character, voice, plot, theme, scene construction, and style—combine to create compelling narrative.
Focus on the Short Story
Short stories are a well-loved and popular form of fiction. When you take this online workshop, you will learn how to write short stories that will delight and entertain your readers.
It's easy to start and maintain a blog, but most bloggers barely scratch the surface of what's possible. This course will take you out of your blogging comfort zone and encourage you to experiment and think bigger. It goes beyond the basics to explore such topics as how to fine-tune your blog's theme, how to improve your blog's visibility in searches and across the social web, how to turn your blog followers into a community, and how to start monetizing your blog.
Agent One-on-One: How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed Boot Camp
APRIL 20, 2021 – APRIL 23, 2021
When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent's inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection.
Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.
Writing & Selling the Historical Novel: From Idea to Publication
APRIL 29, 2021
Writing a successful historical novel is challenging, especially in today's market! In order to appeal to the modern reader, you must be aware of changing expectations, keep an eye on social awareness, and develop a keen ear for dialogue. Mastering these aspects, while staying true to your time period, requires extensive study and skill.
Writing and Selling the Historical Novel is a crash course jam-packed with advice from the start of your novel to the finish, from picking a concept with immediate appeal to pitching your finished product to the agents and editors who will take it to publication.
March/April Issue of Writer’s Digest Out Now!
Writer’s Digest gets bigger, better, and more personal in the March/April 2021 issue! We’re unveiling our new expanded look (92 pages!) and a collection of new columns aimed to ensure writers of all levels and genres learn something new. In this issue, our features span intimate topics from how to make the most of your writing habits to writing about your own life with no judgment to advice for writing the most personal of all fictional scenes: the sex scene.