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WD Presents: Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Websites, 5 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 5 WDU courses, the final call to nominate your favorite writing websites, 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 5 WDU courses, the final call to nominate your favorite writing websites, and more!

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Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Websites!

Writer's Digest 24th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers 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 tomorrow, Monday, December 13, 2021.

Click here to learn more and to nominate.

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Five Online Courses Start This Week!

Advanced Novel Writing

Advanced Novel Writing

In this course you'll spend 15 weeks writing your novel—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to help you finish it. 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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Query Letter in 14 Days

Take your writing one step further and tackle the publishing process. When you enroll in this online course, you'll learn the details of the query letter format and how to write a query letter that catches the attention of agents and publishers.

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Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101 combines teaching the key elements of storytelling with developing the protagonist. Once you understand who this character is and how to make sure you’ve included the key story elements, you are well on your way to writing that book you have been squelching.

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How to Write an Article

In online lectures, supplemental readings, and written assignments and exercises, we’ll talk about ­how to source, prioritize and develop topic ideas; compose and refine pitches to multiple outlets; stay tightly organized about submissions, follow-ups and correspondence; and execute assignments brilliantly – as well as why writers who query well, deliver on time and prove easy to work are gold to editors everywhere.

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Fundamentals of Fiction

Fundamentals of Fiction

This course will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel, including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build characters, what point of view you should choose, how to write great dialogue, and more.

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Submit Your Story to WD Today!

With "Your Story," write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on a specific photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

"Your Story #15" is currently accepting submission now through January 3, 2022.

Click here for the photo prompt and to enter your story today.

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Save an Extra $10 off the Character Development Bundle!

Inject your writing with emotion and create layered characters that will make your readers laugh, cry, and never forget your stories! In this unique collection, you'll find webinars, tutorials, expert instruction, and firsthand advice from bestselling authors on how to create characters that come to life. Included are eight of our best resources designed to help you write better characters. Save big and get started today!

Click here to purchase, and use the code Character10 at checkout!

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Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

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 punishment poem.