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 newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!
Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building!
In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).
Thoughts on World-Building From the WD Editors:
- "I thought of world-building as a full world, and really you have to choose how to contain it somehow." -Amy Jones
- "You could be at the same exact place at the same exact time, but the tone is different for these two different worlds." -Robert Lee Brewer
- "World-building is really just how you tell a story in a way that immerses your audience totally within the story." -Moriah Richard
- "What I find I prefer is a certain level of restraint, because I think a lot of times with world-building less is so much more." -Michael Woodson
Submit Your 5 Minute Memoir for a Chance at Publication!
We're currently accepting submissions for our 5-Minute Memoir column in the magazine!
The 5-Minute Memoir is a column favorited by both WD editors and readers alike. At just 600 words, this front-of-the-book piece recounts the personal experience of a new writer each issue and offers a short but meaningful dose of writing inspiration.
Unlike other WD columns and features that are usually written by seasoned writing instructors, bestselling authors, or our regular group of contributors, the 5-Minute Memoir is a column that editors look forward to featuring new voices in each issue and a great place to break in as a contributor to WD.
Click here for an example 5-Minute Memoir and for more information on how to submit.
Watch "Writer's Digest Presents" on YouTube!
You can now watch our podcast episode on YouTube!
Seven WDU Courses Begin This Week!
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.
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.
Form and Composition
Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this course will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.
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. Plus, you will read The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb and learn how to write a middle-grader’s book.
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.
When you take this six-week course, you'll discover how to become a travel writer by exploring the different types of articles you can write and developing your writing style. You'll learn travel writing tips such as how to take your own photographs. Use this course to draft an article that keeps readers captivated and garners interest from travel editors.
Writing the Personal Essay 101: Fundamentals
This course guides beginning and intermediate writers through elements of how to write a personal essay, helping them identify values expressed in their stories and bring readers into the experiences described. Writers learn how to avoid the dreaded responses of “So what?" and “I guess you had to be there" by utilizing sensory details, learning to trust their writing intuitions, and developing a skilled internal editor to help with revision.
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