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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, New "From Our Readers" Question, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six WDU courses, a new “From Our Readers" question, 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 six WDU courses, a new “From Our Readers" question, and more!

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Six New WDU Courses Start This Week!

Freelance Writing

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 Online Content

This course will teach you how to effectively write online articles of all types including news, feature articles, opinion articles, alternative story forms (listicles, charticles, Q&As, and more), and blog postings.

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Book Coaching for Advanced Writers

Throughout the course, you'll use readings from Mark's writer's guide, Fiction Club, to help you along the way. This valuable resource is included in the course material. All you'll need to bring to this course is your manuscript in process and the willingness to work hard!

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Grammar and Mechanics

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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Advanced Blogging

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.

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12 Weeks to a First Draft

12 Weeks to a First Draft

Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing course you will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.

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Vote For Your Favorite "Your Story #115" Submission!

Out of over 200 entries, WD editors chose the following 5 finalists for our Your Story #115. Vote for your favorite entry using the poll at the bottom of this page!

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Answer Our Newest "From Our Readers" Question!

From Our Readers

Our upcoming May/June 2022 issue is focused on tech for writers. WD would love to know what you hope to hold onto as technology changes our world.

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Join Our First Pages Webinar!

Write Attention Grabbing First Pages | Writer's Digest University

Write Attention-Grabbing First Pages

Sarah LaPolla is a former literary agent and currently an independent editor of MG, YA, and adult fiction. She shares insights and tips on creating a first chapter that agents will want to keep reading. She also discusses what to avoid, how to balance a novel's tone with the narrator's voice, and how a great first chapter should set up the rest of the novel.

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Writer's Digest Presents: Beginnings (Podcast, Episode 1)

We're excited to share the inaugural episode of our new monthly podcast: Writer's Digest Presents! In this first episode, we talk about beginning projects, MFA programs, and interview C. Hope Clark and Susan Shapiro.

Jen Frederick: On the Power of Found Family

Jen Frederick: On the Power of Found Family

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How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

We’ve discussed podcasting to help promote the book you’ve written—but what about podcasting as a way to tell the story itself? Here, author Liz Keller Whitehurst discusses how the podcast of her novel, Messenger, came to be.

Hunter or Hunted?

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Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're in the middle of a hunt.

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

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The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

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For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Idaho Review, a literary journal accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions.

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you're using an abbreviation vs. acronym vs. initialism with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

What Is Investigative Journalism?

What Is Investigative Journalism?

Alison Hill breaks down the definition of investigative journalism, how good investigative journalism makes for sweeping societal change, and how the landscape of the work is evolving.