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WD Presents: Cover Reveal, New "Your Story" Prompt, and More!

This week, we're excited to share our first 2022 cover, the new "Your Story" prompt, 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 share our first 2022 cover, the new "Your Story" prompt, and more!

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January/February 2022 Writer's Digest Cover Reveal!

Writer's Digest JanuaryFebruary 2022

Finding Success in 2022

A new year means a new opportunity to evaluate what’s working and what’s not in your writing life. In this issue of Writer’s Digest, we offer advice and inspiration to set writers up for a successful year of writing no matter their goals. Whether it’s to finish writing their first book, improve their writing, find an agent, or learn to make better business decisions, this collection of articles will help writers find success in 2022.

Subscribe to Writer's Digest now for this to be your first issue!

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New "Your Story" Prompt!

"Your Story" is a writing prompt based on a photo. Write the opening line to a story based on the prompt we provide. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story!

Click here for the photo and how to submit!

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Five WDU Courses Start This Week!

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

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.

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Focus on the Short Story

When you take this online course, you will learn how to write short stories that will delight and entertain your readers. In addition to weekly reading and writing assignments, you’ll also read Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills. By the end of this course, you’ll improve your creative writing skills and write two complete short stories. Don’t delay—start writing your short story today!

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Social Media 101

Get an overview of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and GoodReads. You’ll learn how to create a profile on social networks, decide which platforms are right for you, and build a sense of community with others online.

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Writing the Young Adult Novel

When you take this workshop, you'll get step-by-step instruction on writing for young adults and learn how to sell your novel. You'll learn everything you need to know for writing young adult fiction, including what readers look for, the importance of plot, theme, and setting, how to craft entertaining dialogue, and much more.

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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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Sign Up for How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal in 2022!

How to Get Published webinar

Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made—meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

This intensive and information-filled 120-minute live webinar helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You'll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction-plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors.

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How Roleplaying Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

As co-writing partners who fully embody the stories they tell in their writing process, authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka share how role-playing helps their writing, and their marriage.

How To Get Started in Copywriting

How To Get Started in Copywriting

From writing and reading to majoring outside of journalism, copywriter and author Robert W. Bly shares how to get started in copywriting.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 640

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a pursuit poem.

Writing Light When the World Is Heavy

Writing Light When the World Is Heavy

Author Audrey Burges makes a case for spending time with details when writing light when the world is heavy.

Winter Woes

Winter Woes

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is not happy with the cold weather.

Richard Hurowitz: On Finding Heroism in History

Richard Hurowitz: On Finding Heroism in History

Author Richard Hurowitz discusses the process of writing his new history book, In the Garden of the Righteous.

New Village Press: Market Spotlight

New Village Press: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at New Village Press, a publisher focused exclusively on grassroots community building.

From Script

Should I Give Up the Writers’ Group I Started? (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, gain insight on how to gauge if it’s time to move on from your writers’ group and take inventory on what’s working and not working for your writing trajectory.

How a Diagnosis of MS Inspired an Emmy-Nominated Author

How a Diagnosis of MS Inspired an Emmy-Nominated Author

Author and editor Meredith Berlin discusses how her MS diagnosis inspired her to finish her novel.