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 six WDU courses starting, a new children’s book boot camp, and more!
Six WDU Courses Begin This Week!
Fearless Writing Live! How To Create Boldly and Write With Confidence
If you love to write and have a story you want to tell, the only thing that can truly 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. Fear that you aren’t good enough, or fear the market is too crowded, or fear no one wants to hear from you.
Fortunately, you can’t write and be afraid simultaneously. The question is whether you will write fearlessly on purpose. In this workshop we’ll look at several techniques you can use to keep yourself in the creative flow and out of the trouble and misery fear always causes.
12 Weeks to a First Draft
Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing course you will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.
Writing the Romance Novel
Do you yearn to write a romantic story? If so, you need to know what sets romance writing apart from other types of fiction.
This course explores why romance is the same, yet different. Some essential components of romance are unique to the genre, while some romance requirements are identical to those of any good fiction story. Neither Stephen King nor Tom Clancy could sit down and write a romance unless he first familiarized himself with the specific factors that create a successful romance.
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.
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.
Advanced Novel Writing
Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this novel writing course, designed specifically for novelists who are looking for detailed feedback on their work. When you take this online course, you won't have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you'll get to focus solely on completing your novel.
Enroll in Our New Children's Book Boot Camp!
Publishing Your Children's Book: How to Write and Pitch Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Book Manuscripts!
In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp starting May 17, three agents from P.S. Literary Agency will teach you how to make your book stand out. How do you write a children's book with commercial appeal? How do you decide what category and genre your book belongs in? How do you find agents and publishers to submit your manuscript to? How can you attract both child and adult readers (and buyers)? The agent instructors will answer these questions—and more!—and critique your work, providing you with personal feedback that will help you make the next step on your writing and publishing journey.
Download Our Poem-a-Day Digital Guide Now!
Do you want to write more poetry but find yourself struggling to get started? Maybe you’ve hit a rut and are tired of writing about the same old thing every time. Maybe you’ve been afraid to try your hand at poetry at all because the forms are too challenging or the topics are too serious.
With Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming from Writer’s Digest Senior Editor and Poetic Asides columnist Robert Lee Brewer, you’ll have a springboard of creativity for an entire year. And, you’ll find prompts for every type of poetic personality from serious to silly, inspiring to cathartic.
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