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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, Annual Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 6 WDU courses, the annual competition deadline, 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 6 WDU courses, the annual competition deadline, and more!

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Six WDU Courses Begin This Week!

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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Getting Started in Writing

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.

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Writing Women's Fiction | Writer's Digest University

Writing Women's Fiction

You’re not sure how to describe women’s fiction, but when you read it, you know that’s the kind of novel you want to write. They’re the stories you relate to, that grab your heart and your imagination. They make you feel as if you know the characters, as if you’re sharing the journey. But how can you be sure that the story you write fits into the genre you love and captures and keeps your reader’s attention?

By identifying the essential elements that make up women’s fiction, gaining the insight to see inside your main character, and honing the skills needed to bring women’s fiction to life on the page.

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Freelance Writing

In this course, you will work with a published article writer to develop, research and write two articles suitable for publication in magazines you've identified as appropriate markets. You will get feedback from your instructor on your first and second draft of both your articles.

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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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Writing the Mystery Novel

Do you love reading a good mystery? Have you always wanted to write one? During the Essentials of Mystery Writing course, you'll have the choice of creating a brand new mystery story from scratch or working with a story you already have in progress. Spend six weeks on your craft while receiving feedback from a published mystery author!

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Deadline To Enter the Annual Competition Is This Friday!

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ENTER NOW! Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is currently open for entries. Winners of the 91st Annual competition will be announced in the Nov/Dec 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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Answer Our Newest "From Our Readers" Question Now!

From Our Readers

Our upcoming July/August 2022 issue is focused on crossroads, both in your professional writing life and your work-in-progress. WD would love to know what the most pivotal moment in your writing life has been!

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New "Your Story" Prompt!

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

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