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 5 WDU courses, an author chat about world-building, and more!
5 WDU Courses Begin This Week!
Freelance Writing for Stay at Home Moms (and Dads)
When you take Freelance Writing for Stay-At-Home Moms, you’ll read Writer Mama by Christina Katz and discover what your areas of expertise are, who you want to write for (your audience), how to network with other freelance writers and stay-at-home moms, and practical advice for developing your career as a freelance writer. By the end of this workshop, you’ll feel confident in your ability to write, research, and pitch ideas—and you’ll be closer to accomplishing your goal of making money while doing what you love: writing.
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.
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.
Query Letter in 14 Days
You've devoted hours, days, months—even years— to writing and editing your novel or nonfiction book. With all that time invested, it's natural to want recognition for your hard work and dedication. Take your writing one step further and tackle the publishing process. When you enroll in this online course, you'll learn the details of the query letter format and how to write a query letter that catches the attention of agents and publishers.
Getting Started in Writing
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Don't let doubt or fear get the best of you—take a chance and learn how to start writing a book, novel, short story, memoir, or essay. When you take this online writing course, you'll discover your voice, learn the basics of grammar and examine the different types of writing. No matter what type of writing you're planning on crafting—nonfiction or fiction—you'll need guidance along the way.
Watch Managing Editor Moriah Richard and Author Whitney Hill Discuss World-Building!
Managing Editor Moriah Richard sits down with Whitney Hill, author of Elemental, Eldritch Sparks, and more, on world-building in fiction. Hill discusses writing fan fiction, laying out rules in fictional world-building, the importance of research, what counts as writing time, and more! Watch to the end for a writing prompt!
The Self-Published Book Awards Deadline is This Wednesday!
ENTER NOW! Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is currently accepting submissions. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 1.
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