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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, Chances at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU courses, several chances at publication, 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 new WDU courses, several chances at publication, and more!

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Six Online Courses Start This Week!

Book Coaching for Advanced Writers

Book Coaching for Advanced Writers

Join Mark Spencer in an intensive 16-week coaching session focused entirely on your novel in progress. You'll work with Mark on your choice of up to 60,000 words of your novel or two drafts of up to 30,000 words each. You'll also have the opportunity to speak to Mark directly about your work during two one-on-one phone calls or Zoom sessions.

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Outlining Your Novel

With the help of the book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland, you will learn how to write an outline as you explore what type of outline is right for you, brainstorm plot ideas, and discover your characters.

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The Art of Storytelling 102: Showing vs. Telling

The Art of Storytelling 102: Showing Vs. Telling

In this six-session course, fiction writers will learn the difference between showing and telling and when it’s good to tell instead of show, how to enhance your story’s conflict by knowing when to show and when to tell, and more!

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Form and Composition

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this workshop will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

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Writing the Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel

You'll take an in-depth look at How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card and learn how to break into the field of science fiction and fantasy writing, the basics of science fiction and fantasy, tips for creating imaginative settings, and ways to develop winning story ideas. Plus, discover how to get your work published.

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Advanced Novel Writing

Advanced Novel Writing

In this course you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel. You'll also learn specific tips for outlining and how not to write a novel. By the end of this course, you will have the tools and know-how you need to write a great novel.

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Submit to Our New and Updated Columns!

For All Ages

Beginning in the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest, we'll include For All Ages—a new 1,200-word, guest-written column about the craft of writing and the business of publishing for children, middle grade, and young adult readers (though we argue those books can and should be enjoyed by adults as well). With six issues per year, two issues will focus on children's books, two will focus on middle grade, and two will focus on YA. Topics should be specific and written by those with experience in that area. Examples include: rhyming or page turns in picture books, advice for setting up school visits to connect with readers, using accurate and contemporary language and references for YA, etc.

MFA Workbook

Beginning with March/April 2021, the Writer's Workbook column will change to be the MFA Workbook. Rather than sharing excerpts from WD books as done previously, this column will be written by a different MFA student/teacher each issue. These articles will serve two purposes: 1) to provide an opportunity for MFA candidates to get bylines in a national publication in service of their degree. 2) Offer MFA-type instruction/tips to writers who are not in MFA programs. Generally craft-focused with an emphasis on writing exercises and techniques (as opposed to touting the benefits of an MFA program), this column may occasionally include a business-based column if it’s connected to what’s learned in an MFA program (for example, successful networking).

Click here for the full submissions guidelines and how to submit your work.

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Your Story #115 Submissions Are Open!

Prompt: Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt above. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Email your submission to yourstorycontest@aimmedia.com with the subject line "Your Story 115."

Deadline to enter is January 3, 2022.

Click here for the photo prompt.

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Nominate Your Favorite Websites for Writers!

Writer's Digest 24th Annual 101 Best Websites Call for Nominations

Since 1998 Writer's Digest has created its 101 Best Websites for Writers list. Broken down into categories like creativity, agents, writing advice, and more, this list aims to help writers find additional reputable resources for every part of their writing journey.

 The last day to nominate websites is Monday, December 13, 2021.

Click here for more information, and use this nomination form to nominate your favorite website.

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From Our Readers Question is Open for Submissions!

Our upcoming March/April 2022 issue is focused on point of view. WD would love to know what particular writer or work made you think about point of view in a totally different way.

Click here to answer our formal "From Our Readers" question at a chance for publication!

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Lisa Jewell | Writer's Digest Interview Quote

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In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

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