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WD Presents: Final Annual Conference Reminder, a New Podcast, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our Writer's Digest Annual Conference, the newest podcast episode, 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 our Writer's Digest Annual Conference, the newest podcast episode, and more!

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LAST CALL! Attend Our Annual Conference July 28-31!

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Don't miss this year's Annual Conference—the first in-person conference since 2019*! Listen to keynote speakers Marlon James and Beverly Jenkins, and closing keynote speaker Tiffany D. Jackson, as well as countless other publishing professionals to help keep you on track to fulfill your publishing dreams!

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*Click here for our updated mask policy.

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Listen to the newest "Writer's Digest Presents" Podcast Episode!

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In this episode of "Writer's Digest Presents," we're discussing writing communities. Editor-in-Chief Amy Jones leads a roundtable discussion with Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer, Managing Editor Moriah Richard, and Content Editor Michael Woodson, about their experiences engaging with writing communities.

Then, editors Michael Woodson and Moriah Richard sit down with the founders of PitBLK, an online writing community that is "answering the call for a literary pitch event that amplifies and celebrates Black writers and our work."

Then editors Moriah Richard and Michael Woodson end the episode with a Q&A with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner.

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Watch The Podcast On YouTube!

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Six WDU Courses Begin 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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Fearless Writing

If you love to write and have a story you want to tell, the only thing that can stand between you and the success you’re seeking isn’t craft, or a good agent, or enough Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but fear. In this workshop we’ll look at several techniques you can you use to keep yourself in the creative flow and out of the trouble and misery fear always causes.

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Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

If you want to learn how to write a story, but aren’t quite ready yet to hunker down and write 10,000 words or so a week, this is the course for you. 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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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.

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Revision and Self Editing

Revision & Self Editing

Every writer knows that the journey to publication is a long and hard road. Once you finish your first draft, it’s time to start the arduous process of self-editing and revision. 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.

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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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Answer Our “From Our Readers” Question for a Chance at Publication!

From Our Readers

What book ended in a way that you didn’t expect but was perfect anyway? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

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4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

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6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

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12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Author Valeria Ruelas discusses the process of writing her new book, The Mexican Witch Lifestyle.

What Is the Hook, the Book, and Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

What Is the Hook, the Book, and the Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

Find out what "the hook, the book, and the cook" are in relation to writing query letters and pitching books to literary agents and book editors. This post answers the question of what each one is and how to successfully assemble the pieces.

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Author Chloe Liese makes a case for the romance genre being the natural home for retellings, and shares some tips on how to write a successful romance retelling of literary classics.