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WD Presents: Our March/April Cover Reveal, New Podcast Episode, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce our March/April 2022 cover reveal, the newest episode of our podcast, 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 March/April 2022 cover reveal, the newest episode of our podcast, and more!

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Writer's Digest March/April 2022 Cover Reveal!

Writer's Digest March/April 2022 Cover featuring Marlon James

Point of view is one of the first things writers learn about creative writing, yet it’s also one of the hardest things to master. It involves at a minimum: choosing the right POV for your story, making sure you don’t break the guidelines of that POV and inadvertently take readers out of the narrative, but also experimenting with POV to better serve your story … It’s a lot to consider and in this issue, we explore it all.

Subscribe to Writer's Digest now for this to be your first issue or order a PDF download of this issue from the Writer's Digest Shop today!

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Listen to "Writer's Digest Presents: Flash Writing" Now!

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In the second episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about flash fiction and short stories, including interviews with Gina Barreca about flash nonfiction, Ran Walker about flash fiction (especially dribbles and drabbles), and the workshop experience at MFAs!

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Submit to Our "For All Ages" Column in the Magazine!

For All Ages is a new 1,200-word, guest-written column about the craft of writing and the business of publishing for children, middle grade, and young adult readers (though we argue those books can and should be enjoyed by adults as well). With six issues per year, two issues will focus on children's books, two will focus on middle grade, and two will focus on YA. Topics should be specific and written by those with experience in that area. Examples include: rhyming or page turns in picture books, advice for setting up school visits to connect with readers, using accurate and contemporary language and references for YA, etc.

Click here for the full submissions guidelines and how to submit your work.

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Deadline to Enter Your Story #116 Is Coming Up!

Write the opening line to a story based on the prompt at the link below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story!

Deadline to enter is February 28, 2022.

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Five WDU Courses Start This Week!

Mastering Amazon for Authors

Did you know? Amazon sells nearly 50% of all print books and over 70% of all e-books in America. These facts present a major wake-up call for authors. If you want your book to reach its full sales potential, then you must learn how to sell more books on Amazon. Failure to grasp this reality means dire consequences for your book sales.

Mastering Amazon for Authors is the premiere online course designed to help you maximize book sales at the world’s largest retailer. This self-guided video course provides in-depth instruction for authors at every level.

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Memoir 101

Writing the Memoir 101

The goal of this course is to teach you how to structure your stories, develop your storytelling skills, and give you the tips, techniques, and knowledge to adapt your own life stories into a chronological memoir. Learn more about the genre through Writing and Selling Your Memoir by Paula Balzer and The Truth of Memoir by Kerry Cohen.

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Focus on the Short Story

Short stories are a well-loved and popular form of fiction. 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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Writing the Middle Grade Book

Throughout this 8-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. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be able to write the middle-grade book you’ve always wanted.

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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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Your Story #117 Is Now Open!

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt in the link below. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story!

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Announcing 40 More Plot Twist Prompts for Writers!

Announcing 40 More Plot Twist Prompts for Writers!

Learn more about 40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers, Volume 2: ALL NEW Writing Ideas for Taking Your Stories in New Directions, by Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer. Discover fun and interesting ways to move your stories from beginning to end.

Interviewing Tips | Tyler Moss

Interviewing 101: Tips for Writers

Interviewing sources for quotes or research will be part of any writer's job. Here are tips to make the process as smooth and productive as possible.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Eliminate Threat

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Eliminate Threat

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character work to eliminate a threat.

4 Tips for Writing Gothic Horror

4 Tips for Writing Gothic Horror

Gothic horror and its many subgenres continues to increase in popularity. Here, author Ava Reid shares 4 tips on writing gothic horror.

Lucy Clarke: On the Power of Creativity

Lucy Clarke: On the Power of Creativity

Novelist Lucy Clarke discusses how a marathon of writing led to a first draft in just 17 days for her new psychological thriller, One of the Girls.

A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 1 (Killer Writers)

A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 1 (Killer Writers)

Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his series of interviews with mystery, thriller, and suspense authors. Here he has a conversation with novelist Jaden Terrell about writer expectations and success.

Connecting the Dots vs. Drawing the Whole Damn Picture: A Veteran Ghostwriter Takes Back His Pen and Finds Something To Say

Connecting the Dots vs. Drawing the Whole Damn Picture: A Veteran Ghostwriter Takes Back His Pen and Finds Something To Say

Writing for oneself after a decades-long career as a ghostwriter is a challenge unto itself. Here, author Daniel Paisner discusses his career as a ghostwriter, how the process differs from writing his own work, and if the two ever intersect.

Who Are Sensitivity Editors? And How Much Does Sensitivity Reading Pay?

Who Are Sensitivity Editors? And How Much Does Sensitivity Reading Pay?

Sensitivity readers offer a very specific and focused edit to manuscripts. Here, C. Hope Clark shares what a sensitivity editor is, how much it pays, and where you can start.

Kate White: On Building In Brainstorming Time

Kate White: On Building In Brainstorming Time

New York Times bestselling author Kate White discusses the process of writing her new psychological thriller, The Second Husband.