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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, Our Short Short Story Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 WDU courses, our Short Short Story Competition accepting submissions, 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, our Short Short Story Competition accepting submissions, and more!

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Six Online Courses Start This Week!

Historical Fiction

Writing Historical Fiction

Join Donna Russo Morin to learn the definition of historical markers and how and where to unearth them. And uncover the tools to integrate history, research, and the fiction plot arc. Most of all, find out how to honor verisimilitude—the goal of any historical writing—and avoid the dreaded anachronism.

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21 Days to Your Novel Outline and Synopsis

This course is designed to help you understand how to craft a winning premise, how to outline your novel, and then how to take both of those things and assemble a synopsis that will act as a guide for you to write your novel and sell it.

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Revision & Self Editing

When you take this online writing course you will learn methods of self-editing for fiction writers to ensure your writing is free of grammatical errors. You’ll also dig deeper into how to edit a book with Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell.

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Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene will offer you the impetus, the guidance, the support, and the deadline you need to finally stop talking, start writing, and, ultimately, complete that novel you always said you wanted to write. We'll walk through the entire novel-writing process together, from day one to a completed draft.

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Writing the Mystery Novel

Writing the Mystery Novel

Do you love reading a good mystery? Have you always wanted to write one? During the Essentials of Mystery Writing workshop, you'll have the choice of creating a brand new mystery story from scratch or working with a story you already have in progress.

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Writing the Middle Grade Book

Take this online course and learn the essential elements of writing for kids and how to break into children’s publishing. Throughout this eight-week course, you can expect to read lectures and complete weekly writing assignments.

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Enter Our Short Short Story Competition Now!

short short story competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

Deadline to enter is December 15, 2021.

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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.

Use this nomination form to nominate your favorite website.

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